What did Pope Francis mean by that?

Rules of thumb for processing the latest papal bombshell

Time and again over the last four years, Francis has uttered an arresting phrase - in a press conference, in a media interview, in a Q&A session, during his morning homily - which has been launched out of a media canon, firing both imagination and controversy. We got another entry on Wednesday in a new interview with a German newspaper, in which Francis denies seeing … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Charles Chaput: Pope should answer the Dubia

Philadelphia archbishop cautions that one pope’s instruction cannot contradict that of another

Philadelphia’s archbishop wants Pope Francis to answer the dubia submitted to him months ago for clarification on whether his apostolic exhortation on marriage is intended to circumvent Church teaching. Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. cautioned that Amoris Laetitia has to be interpreted primarily through the teaching of Christ, which cannot be contradicted, and that one … [Read more...]

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Pope denounces ‘restorationist’ orders, pokes fun at Medjugorje

Says he worries when he hears that new, 'restorationist' congregations have many vocations

Pope Francis said that clerical sexual abuse is the work of the devil, there’s corruption in the Vatican, warned against new religious orders with a “restorationist” mentality, and even appeared to take a gentle shot at reputed Marian apparitions such as Medjugorje, saying the real Madonna is not “the head of a post office that every day sends a different letter.” These are … [Read more...]

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Rome awakens to anti-Francis posters

On Feb. 4, posters appeared around Rome featuring a stern-looking Pope Francis and asking “Where’s your mercy?”

On Saturday, posters appeared around Rome featuring a stern-looking Pope Francis and asking “Where’s your mercy?” The unsigned images referred to the “decapitation” of the Knights of Malta and other actions Francis has taken against groups and individuals perceived as conservative. “Ah Francis, you’ve taken over congregations, removed priests, decapitated the Order of Malta … [Read more...]

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Pope orders review of liturgical translations

Some liturgists favor a more creative interpretation of the language of the Mass

Pope Francis has ordered a new review of the principles that guide translations of the liturgy, America magazine has confirmed. The Pope reportedly formed a commission to review Liturgiam Authenticam, the document issued by the Vatican in 2001 that called for liturgical translations that adhered closely to the Latin of the Roman Missal. That document, which led to a new and … [Read more...]

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As recent guidelines show, ‘Amoris’ argument is far from over

Bishops stake out very different positions on interpretation of pope's post-synod apostolic exhortation

Charged debate around the implications of footnote 351 of Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia, the document with which he closed a three-year process involving two Synods of Bishops on the family, has been going on for almost 10 months, and there no signs it’ll wind up any time soon. The footnote addresses access to the sacraments by divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller: Amoris Laetitia hasn’t changed Church discipline

Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith "doesn't like" that cardinals' Dubia was made public

The Vatican’s doctrinal head has challenged several cardinals' public questioning of the doctrinal validity of Amoris laetitia, saying the document is “very clear” on doctrine, and that making the discussion public is harmful to the Church. “Everyone, above all the cardinals of the Roman Church, have a right to write a letter to the Pope. However, I was amazed because this was … [Read more...]

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