Vatican Spokesman Tries to Rationalize Fiducia Supplicans with Ratzinger CDF Document

Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication, has claimed that a distinction made in a 2000 document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith serves as an “important precedent” for Fiducia Supplicans, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith’s recent declaration on the pastoral meaning of blessings.

In 2000, the Congregation, under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s leadership, published its Instruction on Prayers for Healing, which distinguished between liturgical and non-liturgical prayers for healing. Similarly, Tornielli wrote, Fiducia Supplicans distinguishes between liturgical and non-liturgical blessings.

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