Vatikanet til Caritas Internationalis: «En katolsk institusjon må være katolsk»

Tha Tablet melder at Vatikanet har blandet seg inn i diskusjonen om hvem som skal bli/fortsette som leder av Caritas Internationalis, og skriver:

The Vatican has indicated that it blocked Lesley-Anne Knight from a second term at the helm of the Church’s largest development organisation because it wants a new leader who can strengthen its Catholic identity and forge more cordial working relations with the Holy See.

Rome’s reasons for failing to allow the re-appointment of Dr Knight as secretary general of the Rome-based Caritas Internationalis (CI) are given in a letter sent by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone SDB, to all the world’s episcopal conferences and seen this week by The Tablet.

“During the next four years particular attention will have to be given to harmonising the theological dimension of Caritas Internationalis … with its role as an organisation operating on the international stage,” says the three-page letter, dated 15 February. It adds that the next CI secretary general will also need to improve communication with other ecclesial bodies and with the dicasteries of the Roman Curia that have an “interest” in CI activities.

The letter, which was also sent to bishops responsible for the 165 member charities that make up the Caritas confederation, further indicates that the advocacy work that Caritas carries out must be better coordinated “in strict cooperation with the Holy See, which is specifically competent in this regard”.

Similar sentiments were echoed on Tuesday by the head of the papal charity office charged with monitoring Caritas Internationalis. “We can be competent in organising, but lack certain qualities for coordinating the work or reinforcing Catholic identity,” said Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum”, when asked by The Tablet why the Vatican denied Dr Knight the nihil obstat required for re-election. ….

Jeg må si at jeg ikkje kjente til at noe slikt var i ferd med å skje. Kan noen av leserne kan informere meg/oss?

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