Kurt Martens , professor, canon law, was quoted in an Associated Press story on Pope Francis warning bishops to consult with Rome before approving new religious orders. See below.

Pope warns bishops to consult Rome on new religious orders

From: Associated Press (via Aiken Standard) Date: May 22, 2016 Author: Nicole Winfield

... Kurt Martens, canon law professor at The Catholic University of America, said the new law aims to prevent "disasters from happening" when a bishop approves a new religious institute without doing the proper checks.

While Francis has been keen to decentralize church decision-making to bishops, Martens noted that the Holy See has a lot of experience to offer them. He said the new law seems to seek a "healthy balance." ...

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