Direct intervention by Pope Francis of the Memores Domini, a Catholic lay association whose members live the precepts of poverty, chastity and obedience under the aegis of the ecclesial movement of Communion and Liberation.
“The Holy Father Francis, having at heart the experience of the Memores Domini and recognizing in their charism a manifestation of God’s grace, has ordered a change in the management of the Association, appointing His Special Delegate the Most Exalted Mons. Filippo Santoro, Archbishop of Taranto “, says a statement from the Holy See.
The Special Delegate “with effect from 25 September 2021, will temporarily assume, ad nutum of the Apostolic See, with full powers, the governance of the Association, in order to safeguard its charism and preserve the unity of the members. Simultaneously, the current general government of the Association. The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has appointed Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, Pontifical Assistant for canonical matters relating to the same Association “.
Ghirlanda, a canonist, had already been indicated at the end of July last year. In his curriculum the commissioner of the Legionaries of Christ. He is responsible for managing the revision of the statute and the directory of this association of “lay monks” born in 1964, therefore at the end of the Second Vatican Council and a few years after 1968, from an intuition of Fr Luigi Giussani. After Giussani’s death in 2005, the president of Communion and Liberation, as well as the spiritual assistant of the Memores Domini, is the Spaniard Jualian Carron, who immediately imprinted a more spiritual style in the life of the movement than the more militant one in the past. A change not always well received within CL.