VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has unveiled a new webpage listing the major public documents and decisions it has issued since 1966 plus key commentaries.
The series of volumes “Documenti e Studi” will only be helpful to folks who can read Italian. It’s a list of volumes published by the Vatican publishing house of the congregation’s major documents and proceedings of various symposia the congregation has organized.
Some choice documents in the archives:
- The 2002 doctrinal note on the participation of Catholics in political life, which says that while Catholics are free to choose among political parties and strategies for promoting the common good, they cannot claim that freedom allows them to support abortion, euthanasia or other attacks on human life. Includes commentaries in English by Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Giacomo Biffi.
- The 1976 decree regarding public celebration of Mass in the Catholic Church for other Christians who have died (Accidit in diversis,) which explains conditions in which a public Mass may be celebrated.
- A 1985 letter to ordinaries regarding norms on exorcism, which puts limitations on how prayer groups pray against demons and evil.
- A 1994 letter to bishops on the reception of Communion by divorced and remarried Catholics, along with additional commentary by Cardinal Ratzinger “Concerning some Objections to the Church’s Teaching…”
- And finally, given Pope Benedict’s call for a deeper understanding of the catechism for the upcoming Year of Faith, it’s of note to re-read his 2002 address as then-Cardinal Ratzinger at the Catechetical Congress in Rome.