- Aug 10, 2020
Brazilian Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, the Vatican’s point man on consecrated life, has criticized what he said is a state of “dominance” that men often hold over women in the Catholic Church, and stressed the need for a deeper renewal of religious life across the board.
Of the 184 voting members of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, including cardinals, archbishops and bishops, and priests and religious, 98 are members of religious orders, representing 53 percent.
Pope Francis named six superiors of women’s religious orders, a consecrated laywoman and the superior of the De La Salle Christian Brothers to be full members of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
The Capuchins have chosen a lay friar as their provincial minister defying canon law and the Congregation for Religious.
A troubled Peruvian lay group has received two new Vatican-appointed representatives to help oversee institutional reform as questions over their identity and stability continue to hang in the air following public scandals involving high-ranking members.
Over 300 cloistered religious women obtained the permission by Pope Francis to attend a conference addressing the overhaul of contemplative life introduced by the pontiff. While some sisters welcomed the novelties with joy, others struggle to put its principles into practice.