Institute of Christ the King gets a promotion

According to the website of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and other sources, on Sunday, October 5th, the organization was elevated to the status of a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. This is a similar status that has been held since 1988 by the larger traditional organization dedicated to the Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. For more information you can read the posting in the news section of the Institute's website. The Institute's associated sisterhood, The Sister Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was also raised to this status. 

UPDATE: (10/08/2008) Some have asked just what does this mean to the Institute and to those, like us, who are members of apostolates of the Institute. (Canon 589: An institute of consecrated life is said to be of pontifical right if the Apostolic See has erected it or approved it through a formal decree. It is said to be of diocesan right, however, if it has been erected by a diocesan bishop but has not obtained a decree of approval from the Apostolic see.) The Institute's Pontifical right status means that it has been established by the Pope and is answerable only to him in terms of its operations (through the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei), rather than to local bishops. A local bishop still governs the Institute's work within his respective diocese. In this sense its organization and administrative reporting status are similar to those of other religious orders of pontifical right such as the Jesuits and Dominicans.

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