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|Posté le: Lun Juil 30, 2018 9:10 pm Sujet du message: [UK] Book 5.1 - The Congregation of the Holy Office
De Sanctae Sedis summo administratione
Pontifical Bull « The Supreme Government of the Church »
- Sequel -
Book 5: The Higher Institutions of the Church
5.1. The Congregation of the Holy Office and the Causes of Saints
The Congregation of the Holy Office and the Causes of Saints is the bastion of the Dogma of the Holy Aristotelian Church. It produces and analyzes dogmatic texts to augment and enrich the collection of sacred texts for the entire Church, deciding which texts enter the Index (a list of prohibited works) and which people can be considered Blessed or Saint due to their exemplary lives. The theologians of the Congregation can also be called to give an opinion on part or all the Dogma. Lastly, the Congregation organizes the canonizations of the people recognizes as Saints.
Structure and Offices of the Congregation of the Holy Office and the Causes of Saints
Article 1: The Congregation of the Holy Office and the Causes of Saints is composed of two Offices - the Saint Office and the Office of the pickle Saint Theodule.
Article 2: The Saint Office is composed by the French, Italian and International Scriptoriums, in which the important texts regarding the general Church and the life of saints are discussed and written, and by the Coterie of Theologians, in which the theologians reunite to debate and decide on the approval of the texts brought before them, taking into account its dogmatic importance and consistency.
Article 3: The Office of the pickle Saint Theodule deals with the reconnaissance of the relics of the Saints and is composed by the Antechamber, in which every faithful can request a relic of the a Saint to be recognized, and the High Council, in which the veracity and the importance of the relic is acknowledged.
Hierarchy of the Congregation of the Holy Office
Article 4: The hierarchy of the Congregation is established as follows:
- The Cardinal Chancellors of the Congregation of the Holy Office;
- The Prefect of the Congregation of the Holy Office;
- The Vice-Prefects of the Offices of the Congregation of the Holy Office;
- The theologians and heuristics of the Congregation of the Holy Office;
- The writers of the Saint Office of the Congregation of the Holy Office;
- Any other necessary hierarchy, validated in the internal statutes of the Office in question, by one of the two Congregational Cardinals.
The Congregational Cardinals and the Salon "Bienheureuse Wilgeforte"
Article 5: The Congregation of the Holy Office is directed by a Chancellor and a Vice-Chancellor. They are both Cardinal Roman Electors, designated by their peers gathered in the Curia.
Article 6: The Chancellor, together with the Vice-Chancellor, guarantees the proper functioning of the Congregation, coordinating and assigning duties among its members. The Chancellors divide the duties of the Congregation between themselves. In case of disagreement, the Chancellor has the primacy over the Vice-Chancellor.
Article 7: The Chancellor may exceptionally appoint a person as an honorary member of the Congregation. This person holds an consultative position as a recognition of his past services to the Congregation. An honorary member takes part in the discussions inside the Salon "Bienheureuse Wilgeforte".
Article 8: The Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor, the Prefect and the Honorary Members form the High Council of the Congregation and meet in the Salon "Bienheureuse Wilgeforte". It is a meeting place for the officials to coordinate the proper management of the Congregation and its Offices.
Prefect of the Congregation of the Saint Office
Article 9: The two Offices of the Congregation are led by a single Prefect. The Prefect is appointed by the Chancellors after having discussed the candidates within the Salon "Bienheureuse Wilgeforte".
Article 10: The Prefect must respect strict prerequisites, to ensure the proper functioning and the completion of his/her assigned tasks. He/She must be a baptized faithful who possesses a theology license.
Article 11: The Prefect cooperate with the Chancellors and their subordinates in order to ensure the proper functioning of the Congregation and of his/her respective Offices.
Vice-Prefects of the Congregation of the Saint Office
Article 12: The Vice-Prefects are the auxiliaries of the Prefect and assist the Prefect in the exercise of his duties.
Article 13: There is one Vice-Prefect for each Scriptorium and they are appointed by the Prefect, with the accordance of the Chancellors.
Article 14: The Vice-Prefects decide on the priority of the documents to be discussed. He/She actively directs his/her writers in order to carry out the missions of the Office and reports to the Prefect the current situation of the multiple documents. The finished documents must then be sent to the Coterie of the Theologians.
The Coterie of the Theologians
Article 15: The Coterie is composed by the theologians, the Prefect, the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor in which they decide the validity, quality and consistency of the documents brought before them, coming from the Scriptoriums, after a debate.
Article 15.1: The debate has a minimum duration of 7 days, followed by a vote of 5 days
Article 16: The theologians are elected by the Coterie on proposal of the Chancellors or another theologian of the Congregation and a majority of the votes cast. Only can reach the rank of theologian a baptized faithful who holds a theology license on a Seminary recognized by the Prefecture of the Aristotelian Teaching, and which will be illustrated by their intellectual excellence or for their accomplished knowledge of the dogma of the Universal Roman and Aristotelian Church.
Article 17: The theologians vow to maintain the integrity of the texts they have in their care at the cost of their lives and vow to keep in secret the deliberations of the Coterie of the Saint Office that have not been made public.
Article 18: The theologians also have as duty to clarify every doubt of any faithful member regarding the dogma of the Aristotelian Church. The opinion of the theologian has official status and is deemed to be the position of the Church on the subject Aristotelian question. Only the Chancellors can revoke any clarification of the Dogma made by any theologian, if they consider it was erroneous.
Article 19: Any theologian may submit to its peers an application against a text considered heretical, or constituting a clear risk to the integrity of the Universal Church. The text is blacklisted by a majority of votes cast in this direction.
The Office of the pickle Saint Theodule
Article 20: The Office is managed by the Prefect of the Congregation, assisted by the heuristics, in which they decide in the High Council the validity and veracity of the relics brought before them, taking into consideration the life of the saint to which the relic belongs to, after a debate.
Article 20.1: The debate has a minimum duration of 7 days, followed by a vote of 5 days
Article 20.2: The heuristics and the Prefect have voting power, as well as the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor
Article 21: The heuristics are elected by the High Council on proposal of the Chancellor or another heuristic of the Congregation and a majority of the votes cast. Only can reach the rank of heuristic a baptized faithful who holds a theology license on a Seminary recognized by the Prefecture of the Aristotelian Teaching, and which will be illustrated by their intellectual excellence or for their accomplished knowledge of the dogma of the Universal Roman and Aristotelian Church.
Article 22: The heuristics vow to maintain the integrity of the relics they have in their care at the cost of their lives and vow to keep in secret the deliberations of the High Council of Saint Theodule that have not been made public.
Article 23: Every believer or member of the clergy may submit a relic for validation within the Office of the pickle Saint Theodule.
The validation of texts
Article 24: There are two types of texts. The minor texts are dogmatic and liturgical comments that are not intended to be integrated in the Aristotelian dogma. The major texts are translations of ancient Roman scrolls discovered since the era of renewal of faith, including hagiographies of the Ancients.
Article 25: Every believer or member of the clergy may submit a text for validation within the Saint Office.
Article 26: When the Coterie approves a document, the Chancellor of the Holy Office will transmit it to the Holy Curia for final validation in case of a major text or proclaim its validity if it is a minor text.
The Blessed and the Saints
Article 27: The Blessed status is granted to people who led an exemplary life and having done work of faith. This status is granted by the theologians of the Saint Office. They check if the hagiography proposed is consistent with the dogma and the Canon Law and if the candidate blessed actually led an exemplary life as an Aristotelian. This status is achieved through a process of beatification, according to the statutes and the organization of the Saint Office. The hagiography of a blessed is published in the dogma. It may possibly serve as a basis for canonization. The blessed are considered locally as a saint and are the object of a cult.
Article 28: A Saint is a blessed who has had a major impact on the overall development of the Faith during his lifetime or after his death. This status is obtained via a canonization process that differs depending on whether the saint is an Ancient or modern and is granted by the Cardinals who verify if its impact on the Church was very important and positive. If it is a modern saint, the opinion of the faithful is taken into account in the Aristotle's Square. If it is an Ancient, the canonization takes place directly under the Constitution and the organization of the Curia. The saint is an example to the faithful of the whole world and for all clerics. His thought and action are references recognized by all. Churches, chapels, pilgrimages and rituals can be dedicated to him.
The Canonization process
Article 29: Every believer or member of the clergy may propose a canonization of a blessed when at least three faithful Aristotelian can give evidence under oath of this person’s death. This blessed could not be an Ancient, since their canonization processes are defined by the Curia, as aforementioned.
Article 30: The opening of the canonization process is subject to a strict formalism whose compliance is required, on pain of dismissal. The applications are sent to the Congregation of the Holy Office, and must necessarily be supported by a hagiography and one or more relics, elements that seek to justify the canonization of the person concerned.
Article 30.1: An Hagiography consists of:
- The religious life of the candidate for sainthood (or Vita), in a narrative style, and based on evidence to characterize the statute of the Saint of the Universal Church;
- A synthesis of the candidate's thoughts for the canonization, illustrated with direct quotes;
- A collection of comments made by the faithful or the clergy, and that highlight the uniqueness of the personality of the applicant;
- A collection of edifying maxims uttered by the applicant in his lifetime;
- A catalog of relics recognized by the Office of the pickle Saint Theodule that are associated with the applicant (in particular the location of his remains);
- A gallery of its banners, shields, and avatars.
Article 31: As stated before, the hagiography is subject to scrutiny by the Coterie of Theologians, both the form and substance and, when it is approved, the Chancellor of the Congregation is required to transmit the Curia the notice. If the Curia gives a favorable opinion, the Chancellor of the Congregation of the Holy Office shall declare open the canonization of the applicant on Aristotle's Square.
Article 32: The canonization publicly takes place on Aristotle's Square. The hagiography is presented to the universality of the faithful and the clergy, who can freely comment. Seven days after the opening of the process of canonization, the Chancellor of the Congregation of the Holy Office submits the hagiography to the vote of the universality of the faithful and the clergy Aristotelian. The applicant is declared, after a further period of seven days, Saint of the Holy Universal Church if his/her hagiography gathers 70% of favorable opinions expressed.
The recruitment within the Saint Office
Article 33: Anyone who wishes to apply for a position in the Saint Office must go to the Antechamber. The candidate must submit a baptismal certificate, with study licenses of Seminars recognized by the Prefecture of the Aristotelian Teaching (if any), and follow the standard application used in the Office.
Article 34: The application of the candidate is then discussed in the Salon "Bienheureuse Wilgeforte" and, if approved, he/she is appointed by the Chancellors of the Congregation.
Article 35: All the members of the Congregation are encouraged to further explore the Dogma of the Holy Aristotelian Church, studying in the Seminars recognized by the Prefecture of the Aristotelian Teaching.
The duty of secrecy
Article 36: All discussions within the Salon "Bienheureuse Wilgeforte" shall be subject to the right of confidentiality and the duty of secrecy.
Article 37: The members of the Congregation shall not divulge sensitive information in relation to their function.
Article 38: All work within the Congregation must remain within the Salon "Bienheureuse Wilgeforte" or inside the walls of the concerned Office, until the information is publicly divulged.
Article 39: The obligation of confidentiality is applied to anyone who has access to the Salon "Bienheureuse Wilgeforte", including Roman Cardinals. These articles are not applied to the discussions submitted to the Sacred College.
Canonical text on « The Supreme Government of the Church »,
Given and approved in Rome by the Sacred College during the pontificate of the Holy Father Innocent VIII, the IX day of the month of June, in the Year of our Lord MCDLXV.
Published by His Eminence Nicolás Borja, XI day of the month of June, in the Year of our Lord MCDLXV.
His Excellency NReis Ribeiro de Sousa Coutinho | Archbishop of Braga | Vice-Primate of the Kingdom of Portugal | General Secretary of the Roman Registers | Writer of the Saint Office | Translator on Villa San Loyats
Diploma Curso Professoral
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