24th September 2007

Response by the Community of Divine Innocence to the observations of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the writings of Mrs Patricia de Menezes and the community of Divine Innocence received from the Pontifical Council of the Laity on 20th September 2007 in reply to the submission of our statutes.

The concerns by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith came as a surprise to the community of Divine Innocence as the interpretation given in this statement does not reflect our understanding and practise of this spirituality.   Theological work in explaining the messages does not seem to have been considered in conjunction with the inspiration.   As loyal Catholics we will do all we can to communicate accurately the Way of Christ’s Divine Innocence to the authorities of the Catholic Church.

It has been the work of the family of Divine Innocence to encourage theological debate on the supernatural fate of children killed before birth.   In 1999 due to the initiative of the community of Divine Innocence a theological consultation was organised, the fruit of which was the book Abortion and Martyrdom.   In addition we have made numerous representations and sent material concerning the martyrdom of these children to the Holy See and Bishops around the world.   This is an important issue in the Church as the recent document the Hope of Salvation by the International Theological Commission illustrates.   We recognise and are grateful to the Church for her ‘uncompromising stance against the evil of abortion’.   It is our desire that it considers the martyrdom of these children as a witness to the truth of the right to life of unborn human beings.

The Family of Divine Innocence community wish to continue to support one another and anyone interested in this message within the context of a Private Pious Association of the faithful (Canon 215).

Those involved in the Association are encouraged as individuals, when possible, to attend daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, pray the Divine Office and to say the Rosary.   Through a commitment to the life of the Holy Family of Nazareth we strive to understand the beauty of our separate and complimentary roles as men and women working in co operation.   We take part in walks of reparation to remember the millions of children killed in abortion and embryo experiments.   We are a supportive family community for those who have been involved in abortion, helping them towards reconciliation with God and the Church. On-going study of the Catholic faith is very important to those involved in the inspiration so as to live the spirituality in conformity with the teaching of the Church.


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