Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I am so happy and excited with this great news that Dixi is allowing me to do a post on it!
The Great news is that the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, already a Society of Apostolic Life, has now been granted the status of a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. Which means that the Institute is now under the direct supervisory control of the Holy Father!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praise God!!!!!!!!! The Institute is well known for having cordial relations with the Bishops in the dioceses where they operate, so in many ways this change will not be immediately apparent. Yet it does provide a measure of independence from certain possible situations where the boundaries of diocesan control are otherwise not well-understood. This is the same canonical footing that the Holy See has granted to other traditionalist societies, and is a recognition by the Holy See of the Great work and standing of the Institute worldwide!!!

Here is the announcement from the Institute's French homepage in an NLM translation:

In the twentieth year of its existence the Institute of Christ the King
Sovereign Priest, installed in fifty dioceses all over the world, numbering more
than fifty priests, seventy seminarians, and the Sister Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest, has the immense joy and the honour to announce
to you its elevation to Pontifical Right, as society of Apostolic life in canonical form,
according to the will of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
Thanks to Saint Loius Catholic for the link!

Here is also a more detailed announcement on the American website of the Institute :

With deepest gratitude to the Blessed Trinity, to Christ Our King, and His
Immaculate Mother, to St. Joseph, to St. Michael the Archangel, to our patron
saints, to the entire court of heaven, and with filial thankfulness to our Holy
Father Pope Benedict XVI and his faithful collaborators, we have the joy to
announce a very important event:His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI On the feast day of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary, the Vice-President of the Commission Ecclesia Dei, Very Reverend Monsignor Camille Perl, has read in our Seminary chapel the official decree by which, in the name of the Holy Father, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was erected to the status of a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. Also our Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus received
the status of Pontifical Right. The Decree was signed by His Eminence Dario
Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. A Solemn Te Deum followed the
reading of the Decree.Born out of a profound union with the Holy Father in Rome
and the Institute's founder and members having always lived in a continuous and unwavering spirit of faithful Romanitas, the Institute was granted the Pontifical Right after the formal time of experience and interrogation which is a traditional custom for the Holy See. Various positive Apostolic Visitations conducted by the Roman Curia and a very favorable consultation of all the Most Reverend Bishops in whose Dioceses we are invited to serve have finalized this canonical process.After this affirmative
evaluation of our spirituality and our international presence and work, the
Pontifical Right is an expression of the appreciation of the service of the
Institute of Christ the King by the Roman Pontiff and his collaborators to whom
we are deeply obliged. The Pontifical Right will make it even easier for the
Institute to conduct its service for the Church according to its constitutions
and gives to Monsignor the Prior General rights and duties that are in unison

God Bless the Institute!!!
We are so happy for them!

H/T: St. Louis Catholic

Posted by: Margaret Marie

In Case you are not familiar with the Institute please check out their beautiful website: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/

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