Congregation of Discipline

Founded 18 July 1695, by Innocent XII as the Congregation for the Discipline and Reformation of Regulars, to replace the Congregation of the State of Regulars. Its work consisted chiefly in designating in Italy and the adjacent islands monasteries or convents of men as novitiates or houses of study, granting permission for the admission of novices, seeing to the observance of a perfect community life, and dispensing from rules in regard to the internal discipline of a religious house. Regarding the regulars in other parts of the world, its duty was to offer the pope suggestions for the promotion of regular discipline. It had its own cardinal-prefect until Pius IX, 12 March 1856, placed it under the cardinal-prefect of the Congregation of Bishops and Regulars. Pius X, 26 May 1906, suppressed it, transferring its power to the Congregation of Bishops and Regulars.

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