Decreases in religious life could prompt canon law reform

In the context of a discussion on the exodus of religious and priests, the heads of the congregation for religious have said that Pope Francis is open to a reformation of the Code of Canon Law.

At a conference on “vocational perseverance” held at the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome Oct. 29, Archbishop Jose Rodr-guez Carballo, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, noted that in the last five years the congregation dispensed nearly 12,000 people from religious life.