Jeg leste i dag om en ny motu proprio fra pave Benedikt – datert 11. november, men offentliggjort i går. Tittelen «Intima Ecclesiae natura» er oversatt med «The Church’s deepest nature», og den handler om Kirkens barmhjertighetstjeneste. Den ligger på Vatikanets nettsider, og starter slik i engelsk oversettelse.
BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
Apostolic Letter issued “Motu Proprio”
On the Service of Charity
“The Church’s deepest nature is expressed in her three-fold responsibility: of proclaiming the word of God (kerygma-martyria), celebrating the sacraments (leitourgia) and exercising the ministry of charity (diakonia). These duties presuppose each other and are inseparable” (Deus Caritas Est, 25).
The service of charity is also a constitutive element of the Church’s mission and an indispensable expression of her very being (cf. ibid.); all the faithful have the right and duty to devote themselves personally to living the new commandment that Christ left us (cf. Jn 15:12), and to offering our contemporaries not only material assistance, but also refreshment and care for their souls (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 28). The Church is also called as a whole to the exercise of the diakonia of charity, whether in the small communities of particular Churches or on the level of the universal Church. This requires organization “if it is to be an ordered service to the community” (cf. ibid., 20), an organization which entails a variety of institutional expressions. …
Jeg så dette først på Rorate cæli.