Congregation of Bishops and Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Power of Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz to form a judgment about “Call to Action Nebraska,” 24 November 2006, Private.
The Most Reverend Fabian W Bruskewitz, Bishop of Lincoln, NE, requested that the following authoritative replies he has received from the Congregation for Bishops and the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura be considered for publication. The two letters are printed here, except for the names of the “appellants,” since the second letter refers to an “appeal” to the Signatura.
Congregation for BishopsVatican City
24 November 2006
Prot N 539/92
I have received your recent letter and the enclosed documentation concerning the association “Call to Action Nebraska.” I read in particular the letter dated February 19, 2006, by which Mr. _______, on behalf of “Call to Action Nebraska,” is asking for authoritative judgement of the Holy See about Your Excellency’s sentence on the same association.
You can explain to Mr. _______ that the Holy See considers that your Excellency’s ruling in the case of “Call to Action Nebraska” was properly with your competence as Pastor of that diocese. The judgement of the Holy See is that the activities of “Call to Action” in the course of these years are in contrast with the Catholic Faith due to views and positions held which are unacceptable from a doctrinal and disciplinary standpoint. Thus to be a member of this Association or to support it, is irreconcilable with a coherent living of the Catholic Faith.
I am confident that Mr. _______ and all the members of “Call to Action” will understand that their line of action is causing damage to the Church of Christ.
I invoke God’s blessings upon you and upon that portion of Christ’s faithful assigned to your pastoral care.
With sentiments of fraternal esteem, I am
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Congregation of Bishops
Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic SignaturaVatican City
26 January 2007
Prot. N 39305 / 06 CA
Dear Ms. _______ and Mr. _______,
The Apostolic Signature has received the letter of 21 December 2006, with which you seek to introduce an “appeal” against a recent letter of the Cardinal Prefect for Bishops addressed to the Bishop of Lincoln concerning the legitimacy of diocesan legislation in regard to membership in “Call to Action-Nebraska” and other organizations. In your letter you claim that the Supreme Tribunal ”has jurisdiction in this matter, and in this appeal, under the [Apostolic Constitution] Pastor Bonus (issued June 28, 1998), paragraph no. 123”.
Please be informed that this Supreme Tribunal has no competence in this matter. In fact, article 123 of Pastor bonus refers to recourse against individual administrative acts (actus administrativos singulares) issued or confirmed by Dicasteries of the Roman Curia. A diocesan law is not an individual administrative act, nor is a statement of a Dicastery of the Roman Curia concerning the legitimacy of the same law.
With every good wish, I remain,
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Velasio DePaolis, C.S.
Congregation of Bishops [and] Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, Power of Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz to form a judgment about “Call to Action Nebraska,” 24 November 2006, Private, CLSA, Roman Replies and Advisory Opinions, 2007, 43-44.