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Founding a religious institute

VATICAN (SE): From June 1 this year, dioceses must consult with the Vatican prior to the establishment of any religious institute of consecrated life in order for it to be valid.

A rescript, signed by the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, on May 11 and made public by the Holy See Press Office on May 20, says that in future, diocesan bishops will be required to consult with the Vatican.

In an April 4 audience with Cardinal Parolin, Pope Francis established that a consultation with the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life henceforth will be an essential condition for the validity of the bishop’s decree.

Without the consultation, the decree will be null, not simply irregular.

Cardinal Parolin’s rescript cites the need for sufficient discernment that verifies the originality of the charism, as well as the specific traits of each new institute.

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