The 24th World Congress was the first major international conference to be held overseas by the Dicastery
following its inception in January last year.
On the basis of the principle that all dicasteries are juridically equal, a clearer organization of the offices of the Roman Curia was needed, in order to bring out the fact that each dicastery
has its own areas of competence.
Initially the pope had in mind a step-by-step reform, one dicastery
at a time, initiated by his motu proprio Integrae servandae (December 7, 1965) on the reform of the Holy Office.
On 12 July 1909, the Secretariat of State sent Donovan's letter to the Congregation for Divine Worship, directing that dicastery
to attend to the matter.
As you pointed out, this documentation appears to stand in direct contrast to the recent indications that there are no plans to close the Church of SS Peter & Paul, which were communicated to this Dicastery
by His Lordship and communicated to you by our letter of May 2nd.
According to the distance from the Catholic Church, first come the Jews, with whom the relations are delegated to another dicastery
, and then come the Muslims, with whom the PCID works closely.
The purpose of this particular dicastery
of the Roman Curia is "to promote justice and peace in the world in accordance with the Gospel and the social teaching of the Church," "to make a thorough study of the social teaching of the Church," and to ensure "that this teaching is widely spread and put into practice among people and communities.
It comes from a dicastery
of the Roman Curia, which, together with its head, the Roman Pontiff, makes up the Holy See--a subject of rights and duties on the international level.
In the light of such teaching, this dicastery
, in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called 'gay culture'.
feels therefore that it is opportune to call attention to the profile of consecrated persons and to reflect on some well-known aspects of their educational mission in schools today.
Although the exact distinctions between an encyclical letter, a Motu propio, an apostolic exhortation, an allocution, and a response by a Roman dicastery
leave most of the Catholic faithful largely indifferent, canon lawyers and theologians need to take account of the degrees of authority that accrue to the various expressions of papal primacy.
Usually, the men selected have some expertise in the area of competency for the dicastery
they are appointed to lead, although--and here I fault Francis--there is nothing in Sarah's biography to suggest any special competence in liturgical theology.
Additionally, in his continuing effort to restructure the Curia in Rome, the pope created a new Vatican office, a "super dicastery
," for "promoting integral human development" that will be headed by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana.
Robert Cardinal Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum which is the dicastery
of the Holy See responsible for charity and humanitarian assistance, led the groundbreaking ceremony for the center during his visit to Palo on Jan.
While earlier moral theologians wrote about matters pertaining to the fifth, seventh, and eighth commandments, 20th-century manualists' attention turned to the continuous output of dicastery
normative teachings throughout the 20th century that were set on controlling Catholic identity and life within the church.