An important exchange in a recent interview:
The American Redemptorist Joseph Tobin, who has served a year and a half as Secretary of the Congregation for Religious Life, just below the Cardinal Bráz of Aviz, spoke with us about the sad cases that require discipline and discernment on the part of the Vatican ministry that oversees Religious.
- There have been cases of founders who were disciplined: Maciel of the Legion of Christ, Gerard Croissant in Beatitudes, Alphonsus Maria Duran in Miles Jesu ... Who supervises the supervisors? What we learn from these cases?
- Our Congregation, in order to approve an Institute, judges that its charism is an authentic gift of the Holy Spirit and that the Institute has the maturity to develop this charism. But there are cases (I'm not talking about these in particular) that I think misled the Congregation with lies, and likewise deceived the fellow brothers in the community. In addition, the Second Vatican Council, Decree Perfectae Caritatis always asks to see "the original spirit of the Institutes," and the example of the founder. But how can a founder who had a messy life remain a point of reference? I have no answer to this perplexity.