An attempt to clarify significance of pope’s letter to Argentine bishops

Canon lawyer Ed Peters: Unless Canon 915 is directly revoked, it binds ministers of Holy Communion to withhold the Blessed Sacrament from divorced-and-remarried Catholics

Some three months ago I predicted that Pope Francis’ letter to the Argentine bishops, approving their implementation of Amoris laetitia, would make its way into the Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Now it has. An accompanying note from Cardinal Parolin states that the pope wishes the Argentine document to enjoy “magisterial authority” and that his endorsement thereof has the status of … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Kasper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ controversy is over

He accused critics of making the mistake of committing “one-sided moral objectivism” that does not do justice to the role that personal conscience plays in moral acts

The controversy regarding Amoris laetitia has come to an end, according to German cardinal Walter Kasper. What is more, he has affirmed that the admission of remarried divorced persons to the sacraments in individual cases is, in his view, the only correct interpretation of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation. Writing in an op-ed for the German language section of Radio … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says Our Father is poorly translated

Takes issue with the phrase "lead us not into temptation" because “I am the one who falls, it's not (God) who pushes me toward temptation to see how I fall"

In a video series for Italian television network TV2000, Pope Francis said that “lead us not into temptation” is a poorly translated line of the Our Father. “This is not a good translation,” the Pope said in the video, published Dec. 6. “I am the one who falls, it's not (God) who pushes me toward temptation to see how I fall. A father doesn't do this, a father helps us to get … [Read more...]

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Vatican praises pro-abortion Governor Jerry Brown

In a Tweet from Casina Pio IV, the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Vatican called the California governor a “true leader,” singling him out for his views on global warming

The Vatican gave a shout-out to California Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday, praising him for his war against climate change and his defense of human “dignity and freedom.” In a Tweet from Casina Pio IV, the headquarters of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Vatican called Brown a “true leader” while singling out the Democratic governor’s concern for “the good of the planet … [Read more...]

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Sale of cigarettes banned in Vatican City

Papal spokesman: "The Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people”

In a move likely to have some Vatican employees fuming, Pope Francis has decided to ban the sale of cigarettes inside the City State on the grounds that the Holy See cannot profit from a proven health hazard. In a Nov. 9 statement, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the reason for the decision “is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages … [Read more...]

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World needs ‘brain washing’ on climate change, Jerry Brown says at Vatican

Brown: “The problem … is us. It’s our whole way of life. It’s our comfort … It’s the greed. It’s the indulgence. It’s the pattern."

Gov. Jerry Brown challenged the world’s religious leaders to further engage as he minimized the negative effects of President Donald Trump on meeting the climate-change challenge. “The Trump factor is very small, very small indeed,” in comparison to the commitments taking place around the world, Brown said to a burst of applause Saturday at an event organized by the Vatican’s … [Read more...]

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Former member of Pontifical Academy for Life launches lay-run institute

Josef Seifert forms John Paul II Academy for Human Life and Family, “a lay non-governmental organization that will remain independent of civil and religious organizations”

A former member of the Pontifical Academy for Life has launched an independent organization he claims will work to “unfold the splendor of truth about life and family.” Josef Seifert, president of the new lay-run John Paul II Academy for Human Life and Family, announced the academy Oct. 18 in Rome at a conference on the topic of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical “Humanae … [Read more...]

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The war against Cardinal Sarah

Campaign to discredit this quiet and long-suffering churchman motivated because he is seen as having the makings of a pope

Now that Cardinal Gerhard Müller has been removed from his post at the Vatican, the main target of the circle around Pope Francis is Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Their latest coup is the release of a letter of “correction” aimed at Cardinal Sarah and signed by Francis. Published on Sunday, the letter was celebrated as a just humiliation … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis publicly corrects Cardinal Sarah

Pontiff says Vatican's liturgy chief wrong about interpretation of new motu proprio on the liturgy

In an extraordinary rebuke to one of his own Curial cardinals, the Pope has aimed to "explain simply, and hopefully clearly... some errors" in his Worship chief's understanding of Magnum Principium, his recent motu proprio on liturgical translations, indicating the new norms granting enhanced oversight to bishops' conferences as a fresh development – and, most pointedly, … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Death penalty is contrary to the Gospel

Pontiff suggests Catechism should be changed to reflect the works and teachings of recent popes

In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pope Francis said the topic of the death penalty should have “a more adequate and coherent space” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This topic “cannot be reduced to a mere memory of a historic teaching” without taking into account the works and teachings of recent … [Read more...]

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