Talk:Society of apostolic life

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Question[edit]

Can a cleric hold dual memberships in societies of apostolic life?

Please write on my talk before you edit this again[edit]

I admit I am not an expert on wikipedia yet, but I believe my edit was perhaps lacking in using the write codes to make things come out right, but not the content. KNIGHT 746 (talk) 16:55, 29 May 2010 (UTC)

You may wish to review WP:OWN and Wikipedia:Five pillars. Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit. And, valid edits are allowed by all and do not require a message on this talkpage. Valid edit summaries are allowed.----moreno oso (talk) 21:04, 1 June 2010 (UTC)

How to Verify[edit]

Some of the organizations listed are religious orders not Societies of Apostolic Life. I know for a fact that the Maryknolls and the Paulines are religious ORDERS. This needs to be fixed. 75.243.138.208 (talk) 14:38, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

The term "religious order" is not a formal canonical status in the Catholic Church. Some orders are Societies of Apostolic Life. Others are Institutes of Consecrated Life. See canon 573 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. — AlekJDS talk 22:22, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
Actually, societies of apostolic life are but one of four types of consecrated life within the Roman Catholic Church. The other three are the institutes of consecrated life, composed by religious institutes (religious orders and religious congregations) and secular institutes; all of them governed by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in the Roman Curia. By doing a quick internet search, I believe both Maryknolls and Paulines are indeed societies of apostolic life as the article indicates, but even if they weren't, technically, they would be religious congregations and not religious orders, as the last order was founded in 1656 (the Bethlehemites). Even though since the 1983 Code of Canon Law, there are no differences between simple and solemn vows, a religious order is that of solemn vows, while a religious congregation is that of simple vows. While today, the terms "order" and "congregation" are used interchangeably, the 2009 Annuario Pontificio does differentiate between orders and congregations when it lists the institutes of consecrated life.