Vatican Diary / That sin of Sodom which cries out to heaven The congregation for the doctrine of the faith reprints as-is the 1986 letter on homosexuality, precisely as various governments are legalizing gay unions. The commentaries of Ratzinger and Cardinal Biffi
VATICAN CITY, May 18, 2012
The congregation for the doctrine of the faith is more engaged than ever before in expanding the range of distribution of its own magisterial production.
Not only has it inaugurated a new website full of documents: > Vatican Diary / The Holy Office at the click of a mouse
It has also given a mandate to Libreria Editrice Vaticana to reprint those volumes of its series "Documenti e studi" which had sold out and were therefore unavailable in stores.
The series, born in 1985, has the stated aim of "collecting in separate volumes the bilingual text of the major documents issued by the congregation, together with an introduction by the cardinal prefect that represents their teaching in the current context, and with commentaries that illustrate their main themes."
In this way, the congregation wants "to fulfill its twofold duty to promote and protect Catholic doctrine, especially on fundamental and controversial points."
The series was also born to "correspond to a desire" expressed by John Paul II: that of establishing "a trustful and constructive dialogue between the Roman curia, an organism at the service of the ministry of the successor of Peter, and those bishops, priests, faithful, and theologians who are bound, although to varying degrees, to explore the teaching of the Church."
The first volumes that have been reprinted, with new covers, are those concerning: