Cardinal Rodé denounces the secular spirit of some religious communities

Source: FSSPX News

During an interview on Vatican Radio on February 16, Cardinal Franc Rodé, former Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said, “Religious life today is in trouble, and we have to recognize it,” adding, “Secularization has penetrated a great number of communities and many consciences.”  This secularization “is expressed in prayer that is often merely formal, without recollection, and it undermines the concept of obedience by introducing a certain ‘democratic’ mentality which rejects the role of legitimate authority.”  “With secularization,” he explained, “you run the risk of turning charitable works into social services, to the detriment of the proclamation of the Gospel:  you prefer a society of wellbeing instead of an eschatological sign.”

Cardinal Rodé stated that “these signs of secularization” were “present just about everywhere”, but “especially in the Western world”.  Indeed, there are serious problems with obedience and a disregard for Catholic doctrine which are partially to blame for the apostolic visitation of women’s religious communities which is presently being carried out in the United States.  Starting in December 2008 and February 2009, two investigations along these lines have been pursued diligently by the Vatican, one initiated by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and the other by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Cardinal Franc Rodé, appointed by John Paul II to head the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in 2004, was replaced on January 4, 2011 by Archbishop João Braz de Aviz, former Archbishop of Brasilia, who is intensely interested in the new communities such as the Neo-Catechumenal Community or the Focolari, but not very much in the traditional liturgy.  (Sources : Radio Vatican/Apic/Imedia/private sources– DICI no.231 dated March 5, 2011)