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The Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire (whose Bishop Peter Libasci was absolutely “thrilled” with Amoris Laetitia), has declared the St. Benedict Center to be entirely un-Catholic for taking too strict a view on extra ecclesiam nulla salus--the Catholic Church infallibly-defined dogma of no salvation outside the Church.
From the FAQ on the diocese's website:
Saint - Benedict - Center - Immaculate - Heart
“Neither Saint Benedict Center, the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, nor the self-referenced “Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,” enjoy any recognition, canonical or otherwise, in the Universal Roman Catholic Church or in the Diocese of Manchester. They are not a Catholic organization (de facto or otherwise,) nor can they, or should they, present themselves in such a way. The Immaculate Heart of Mary School is not a Catholic School, nor can it, or should it, present itself as such, or imply that it offers an education rooted in Catholic Tradition.”
The sanctions imposed on the St. Benedict Center this January include:
Prohibition - Name - Catholic - Way - Manner
- Prohibition from using the name Catholic in any way or manner that implies a relationship of authenticity or legitimacy with the Roman Catholic Church.
- Prohibition from teaching, presenting or interpreting Roman Catholic Church teachings by the St. Benedict Center, the Slaves of the of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and their associates...
Obligation - Articles - Agreement - Saint - Benedict
- Obligation to amend the articles of agreement of the Saint Benedict Center, Inc., as submitted to the New Hampshire secretary of state on August 24, 2001, to reflect the prohibition from presenting itself as Catholic...
- No priest will validly hear confession and impart absolution at the St. Benedict Center property, with the sole exception of the case of a penitent in imminent danger of physical death...
Pretty - Stuff - Pope - Mercy - Exclusivity
Pretty rigid stuff! We wonder where does the Pope of Mercy come down on such diocesan exclusivity? Shouldn't the Church of Accompaniment be, well, accompanying the St. Benedict...
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