US Association of Consecrated Virgins condemns ‘shocking’ new rules

Defining religion down.

The group has taken issue with section 88 of the new document, which states: “Thus to have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practiced the virtue of chastity in an exemplary way, while of great importance with regard to the discernment, are not essential prerequisites in the absence of which admittance to consecration is not possible.”

The USACV said it was “shocking to hear from Mother Church that physical virginity may no longer be considered an essential prerequisite for consecration to a life of virginity.”

“The entire tradition of the Church has firmly upheld that a woman must have received the gift of virginity – that is, both material and formal (physical and spiritual) – in order to receive the consecration of virgins,” the association added.

Part of an ongoing project in the age of Francis whereby “discernment” is the thing, get it?

In this case, when is a virgin not a virgin? When “discernment” makes it so. Put another way, when Francis’ reformed curia says so.

Age of Aquarius has come and gone. A new one is here, in which It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing discernment.

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