Thursday 11 December 2008

More praise from Rome

Earlier this week the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) wrote to Bishop Patrick to congratulate him on his recent document, Fit for Mission? Church. The CDF was headed by Cardinal Ratzinger prior to his election as Pope in April 2005. The current secretary of the congregation, Archbishop Luis Ladaria S.J., wrote in his letter to the Bishop, "Fit for Mission? Church courageously outlines the range of challenges facing this generation of the faithful in Europe... It is to be hoped that not only the faithful of your own diocese, but also Catholics throughout Britain, will find hope and encouragement in your document." In particular, the Bishop's insistence on a more widespread use of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was singled out for praise. Copies of the Bishop's document have been made available to parishes in the Lancaster Diocese; the document has also been published by the CTS, whose website can be found here.