D. Worcester – Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary granted canonical status

My friend Fr. Jay Finelli let me know a while ago that Bishop of Worcester has granted canonical status to the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, MA. He has this on his site:

Congratulations to my dear friends, The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, Massachusetts. On 27 October, the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus granted them canonical status as a Public Association of the Faithful. Check out the decree below.

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3 Responses to D. Worcester – Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary granted canonical status

  1. Papal Fan says:

    I thought the one in Worcester was already reconciled years ago?

    It’s the one in Richmond, New Hampshire that is still in an irregular position in the Diocese of Manchester, correct?

  2. Archlaic says:

    @Papal Fan (et al):

    The Slaves of the IHM in Still River have certainly been in a “regular” situation for many years now, predating the tenure of Bishop McManus (who has been very good to them) but only as a private association of the Faithful. As such “it” did not canonically exist as an entity and had no juridical standing – note the provision that they are erected “as a private juridic person”. In that regard think of it, with respect to canon law, as analogous to a business enterprise becoming a corporation. They now have specific and enumerated rights – and responsibilities – within the Church under canon law which are recognized and exercised “corporately”. Heretofore their status has been quite informal, and their juridical relationship to the Church has only been as individuals.

    This is a very good thing for them. Among other things only a Public Association is canonically permitted to “teach Christian doctrine in the name of the Church” and to “promote public worship”… I am not a canonist but the implications seem plain, and this should help them greatly in their mission.. And if nothing else this will demonstrate that there is no question of their good standing in the Church.

  3. Giuseppe says:

    I am mildly dyslexic (and cautiously optimistic), and I read this as “Salves of the IHM”