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Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith withdraws negative evaluation of 1958 book

Catholic World News - April 22, 2014

Cardinal Giuseppe Betori of Florence said in an interview that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has withdrawn its negative evaluation of the late Father Lorenzo Milani’s Pastoral Experiences.

In 1958, the Holy Office, without condemning the author or the work, asked that it be withdrawn from circulation, Cardinal Betori told Toscana Oggi.

“The intervention had a clearly prudential character and was motivated by contingent situations,” said Cardinal Bertori, who added he had sent a dossier to Pope Francis in November about the book and that the Pope had referred the matter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

“Today the Congregation tells me that now the circumstances have changed and therefore this intervention has no reason to exist,” said the cardinal.

Catholic News Service reported that “Don Milani wrote that the modernization of Italy was bringing ‘development but not progress,’ and that the Church had become less important to ordinary people ‘than the cut of a pair of trousers, a good snooze, making money, having a good time.’ The Church itself, he wrote, had become more involved in ‘ritual’ than faith.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 22, 2014 3:39 PM ET USA

    The circumstances have changed since 1958...the Church hasn't been concerned with ritual since Vatican II and even more people have lost the Faith.

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