A new email was sent out to celebrate a profession, of sorts, but there are some stealthy elements that shouldn't go unnoticed:
MATER ECCLESIAE COLLEGE
August 15, 2014 – feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven – was a day of great rejoicing for all of us here at MEC as we witnessed the profession of first temporal vows of 4 young women! We proudly present to you the newest consecrated women of Regnum Christi.
These young women completed their 2-year period of candidacy and now begin the second stage of their life here at MEC as full-time students living temporary vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. The time they spent as candidates – a time of deep prayer and discernment of their vocation to Regnum Christi consecrated life and the movement’s mission to evangelize – was life-changing. They would like to offer you a fruit of their prayer from that time – a book, Behold my Lord, reflections on the Gospel and the encounters with the person of Christ.
Temporary VOWS? This is new, and very surprising, since what set them apart was their non-Religious "promises" up until this point. As far as I know, lay people don't take vows, and there is a particular canonical status for those who do. Has this change been made? In a group that the Church didn't know existed up until a few years ago? Have they crossed over into Religious-Land, so that they are no longer lay?
I would really appreciate the expertise of a canon lawyer to say what this really means.