VATICAN CITY (CNS): Pope John Paul II said recent pronouncements by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith need deeper understanding and wider acceptance by the whole Church.
He said closer co-operation among Vatican agencies, bishops’ conferences, individual bishops and others engaged in the Church’s work will help ensure that doctrinal decrees are accepted and applied to all areas of Church life.
The Pope made the remarks in a talk on January 18 to the doctrinal congregation’s permanent staff and members from around the world, at the end of a four-day annual plenary meeting of the congregation.
In recent years, the doctrinal congregation has issued a number of controversial documents on topics such as intercommunion, religious pluralism, ecumenism, the sacraments and healing ministry.
At the same time, it has investigated the works of several theologians, in some cases requiring written corrections or clarifications because of doctrinal error or ambiguity.