Just Process for Catholics under examination by Vatican
A group of Catholics who have been examined by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have offered a new process for enquiry that would be more just and transparent, and better fit the place of doctrine in the thinking of Pope Francis. The media release of 20 April, 2016 and the suggested new process are reprinted here.
An international group of Catholic sisters, priests and lay people, all of whom have been ‘delated’ (i.e. reported) and subjected to ‘examination’ by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), formerly known as the Holy Office of the Roman Inquisition, have said that this body “doesn’t reflect the gospel values of justice, truth, integrity and mercy that the Catholic Church professes to uphold” and that are called for by Pope Francis. They also say that the CDF “acts in ways that are out of keeping with contemporary concepts of human rights, accountability and transparency that the world expects from the Christian community and which the Catholic Church demands from secular organizations.”