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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Is Pope Francis inviting another sex-abuse scandal?

He is reportedly preparing to roll back some of the reforms calling for tough treatment of priests accused of sexual abuse

Pope Francis is preparing to roll back some of the reforms calling for tough treatment of priests accused of sexual abuse, reports Michael Brendan Dougherty of The Week. Dougherty reports that the Pope has discussed the possibility of taking the responsibility for sex-abuse prosecution away from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and having the cases … [Read more...]

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Can Pope Francis’s legacy be rolled back?

"Bergoglistis" hope for a papacy long enough to reform the Church

ROME - Journalistic convention dictates that whenever we write about Pope Francis these days, we frame things in terms of his supporters and his critics. In reality that’s a bit misleading, since few people fall entirely into one of those two categories. That said, there are undeniably large and vocal constituencies in the Church right now which are aligned, one … [Read more...]

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