Pope transfers responsibility for catechesis, seminaries
Vatican City, Jan 25, 2013 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has written two new directives modifying the departments in the Roman Curia which are responsible for catechesis and the formation of priests throughout the Church.
The Pope gave the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization the task of “caring for...the relevant instrument of evangelization that the Catechism, along with catechetical teaching in all its diverse forms, represents for the Church in order to bring about a more organic and effective pastoral outreach.”
“This new pontifical council will be able to provide the local churches and the diocesan bishops an appropriate service in this area,” he wrote Jan. 16 in the motu proprio “Fides per doctrinam,” or “Faith, by doctrine.”
A motu proprio is a letter issued by the Pope “on his own initiative” which typically makes minor changes to canon law. The two motu proprios signed Jan. 16 but released Jan. 25, modify Pope John Paul II's apostolic constitution “Pastor bonus,” which reformed the Roman Curia.