Showing posts with label Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz. Show all posts

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cardinal Braz de Aviz Suggests Mixed Orders to Solve Collapse of Religious Orders

(New York) The Catholic Church loses 2,000 religious   world-wide  every year. The loss has its clear focus in Europe. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Roman Congregation of Religious drew a bleak picture for the future of Orders in Europe. "The average age of women religious in Europe is 85 years, which means that they will soon die without being replaced." In other words, they are dying out.
The  Focolare Movement cardinal spoke  last August 19 at a meeting with religious in the Cathedral of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Currently, there are approximately 1.5 million religious and 3 million members of congregations and communities of consecrated life worldwide. The former Archbishop of Brasilia in 2011 was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI. as Prefect of the Congregation of Religious and 2013, confirmed by Pope Francis in this office. Growth is takingn place  on a larger scale in Africa and Asia. In Europe the situation is, however, dramatic.

No comparable collapse in European Church history

Said Cardinal Braz de Aviz of collapse knows nothing comparable in the Church's history, at least not on this scale, which affects almost the entire European continent. A similarly dramatic process of dissolution was experienced in  Catholic monastic life was only experienced in the countries of the Reformation. The circumstances are still difficult to compare. Early 16th century it was an explosive appearance, while a long infirmity is now to be observed, to name only one aspect. In many parts of Europe, the honors system was then powerful and alive.
Cardinal Braz de Aviz also personally embodies the de facto destruction of the Order of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. Their tree bore fruit,  in contrast to many other religious, and yet - or perhaps because, as some people think - it was needed. 

"Knots" that are to be untied for Recovery

Brothers and sisters of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate: Founder Father Manelli celebrated in the traditional rite. "By their fruits ..."
The Government site of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has published several "knots", which need to be  resolved, according to Cardinal Braz de Aviz, to establish Catholic monastic life again.
First, the cardinal spoke to the vow of poverty: Many religious possess millions in assets, such as deposits with the Vatican Bank IOR, half of whose deposits belongs  to Orders. He spoke of an order with a religious vow of poverty which, without saying who  the Order is, has 30 million in the bank.
The Cardinal also complained of the often "oppressive" ways  obedience is lived within Community. Obedience is necessary, but must be exercised as an obedience between brothers. In this context, the prefect complained lack of a "turnover" of superiors. He mentioned the example of religious superiors who are vested in their office at 35 years old, who are "damaging to their subordinates". There were also religious
 superiors, the Cardinal said, who change the rules of the order to remain in office for life.

"Family atmosphere" and "mixed communities"

Braz de Aviz also reported the case of a former provincial superior of a  congregation of women religious who petitioned for a dispensation at the age of 80 from the order in order to fulfill her "desire for motherhood." They left the order and have adopted a three-month-old child.
The cardinal commented that it was necessary to create a family atmosphere in the communities. As a possible way to a familial atmosphere the Cardinal called for the establishment of joint communities. In this regard, there are outdated ideas to overcome, said the prefect of the Congregation for Religious: "In the past we had difficulties when it comes to living together, because it was said that one must be careful, because the woman is a danger because the man is a danger ..." ,
The cardinal added the limitation that he "would not recommend the creation of mixed communities in the same house" at least, because the third vow of chastity, would have to be retained.
The speech, according to the report, had been acknowledged by the attending religious representatives with long applause. The President of the Conference of Religious of Brazil in the state of Sao Paulo, Sr. Ivone Lourdes Fritzen, thanked Cardinal Braz de Aviz for his "openness and transparency", as regards the challenges of religious life.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Estado de Minas (Screenshot)/MiL
Trans: Tancred

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Prefect of the Congregation for Consecrated Life: Old Liberal

 Editor: expect that the Visitation of Women Religious ongoing in the United States to be toothless, unless there is an intervention by Pope Benedict forcing his man's hand.

Erzbischof João Bráz de Aviz
© Cristina Gallo/Agência Senado

The Church in Brazil is on its last legs.  Actually, now a Brazilian bankruptcy is on the way that will also drive Rome into bankruptcy. 

(  Pope Benedict XVI. has named a new Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz (63) of Brasilia to be the new Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.  This was on the Vatican Press site.

At the same time, the Pope accepted the resignation of the current Prefect, the Slovenian Franc Cardinal Rode (76),  who had already reported to the Italian media the intended change at the beginning of the Dicastry.

The new Curial Bishop is himself not a religious.  He was in ordained in 1972 in November for the Diocese of Apucarana in south east Brazil.

More Diocese Driven into the Abyss

 Msgr Aviz saw the light of the world  in the southern Brazilian town of Mafra.  He studied Old Liberal Theology in Brazil and Rome.

On 6. April 1994 John Paul II named him as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Vitoria.

Four years later he was asked by the Pope to become Bishop of Ponta Grossa.

In July 2002 he was named by John Paul II as Bishop of Maringa and at the end of January became the Archbishop of Brasilia.

In the last year the Old Liberal Archbishop organized the 'Eucharistic Congress' in Brazil.

Enemy of the Old Mass

The newly named is a declared enemy of the Immemorial Mass of All Ages.  He has never supported its celebration in his Archdiocese.

The Traditionalists will be immediately persecuted under his regime.

The present Traditional Mass in Brasilia is celebrated with much resistance by the Archdiocese.

The emeritus auxiliary Bishop of Brasilia, Msgr João Evangelista Martins Terra SJ (85) has put his private chapel as the disposal of the Traditionalists.

Mons. Bráz de Aviz is also close to the Sillonist, Neocatechumenate organization.

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