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Vatican spokesman: Ratzinger CDF document is ‘important precedent’ for Fiducia Supplicans

February 28, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication, has claimed that a distinction made in a 2000 document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith serves as an “important precedent” for Fiducia Supplicans, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s recent declaration on the pastoral meaning of blessings.

In 2000, the Congregation, under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s leadership, published its Instruction on Prayers for Healing, which distinguished between liturgical and non-liturgical prayers for healing. Similarly, Tornielli wrote, Fiducia Supplicans distinguishes between liturgical and non-liturgical blessings.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 28, 2024 9:43 PM ET USA

    More sophistry and misdirection. The CDF "Instruction on Prayers for Healing" acknowledges a defect in the person who needs healing, be it a spiritual, physical, emotional, or other defect that is subject to healing. Fiducia Supplicans and its subsequent elucidations emphatically rule out any consideration for a defect in the subject of the blessing. The contrived arbitrariness of the "pastoral" blessings of Fiducia Supplicans cannot be equated with the intentionality of the prayers for healing.

  • Posted by: feedback - Feb. 28, 2024 9:05 AM ET USA

    This is a new level of attempt at gaslighting, and not even remotely clever this time. The more the Vatican is trying to defend Tucho's gay blessing, the more ridiculous it looks.