“Don’t hold your breath”

President Trump won't meet with Pope Francis during May trip to Sicily, choice of Vatican ambassador unlikely to come soon

Up until recently, the assumption had been that the first opportunity to gauge the Trump administration’s approach to the Vatican under Pope Francis would come in late May, when Trump is scheduled to travel to Sicily for a G7 summit. Expectations were that Trump, like most American presidents visiting Italy, would also stop in Rome for a tête-à-tête with the pontiff. However, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller: Church hasn’t changed doctrine under Pope Francis

Head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says immorality of cohabitation, adultery, divorce, homosexuality, and prohibition on Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics remain part of Church teaching

The Catholic Church under Pope Francis has not changed her teaching on the immorality of cohabitation, adultery, divorce, or homosexuality, and she has certainly not opened the door for civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion, said Cardinal Gerhard Muller in a new book-length interview published April 1.  Muller, the head of the Vatican's … [Read more...]

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A report on the state of the Church from Inside the Curia

Cardinal Gerhard Müller discusses what we can hope for from Christ, the Church, the family and society in new book published by Ignatius Press

One of the problems the Church faces today is the lack of hope in society, even among its own members. As the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and one of the most prominent voices inside the Vatican, Cardinal Gerhard Müller provides a credible, thoughtful and compelling call to hope in the family, society and Church in clear and inspiring terms in his new … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis offers more concessions to SSPX

A letter published by the Vatican on April 4 paves way for recognition of SSPX marriages

Continuing initiatives aimed at a reconciliation with the Priestly Society of St Pius X (SSPX), Pope Francis has made it possible for bishops to ensure the validity of marriages celebrated in the traditionalist communities. A letter published by the Vatican on April 4 said the Pope will allow Catholic bishops to appoint priests to assist at SSPX marriages and formally receive … [Read more...]

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Vatican agreement with SSPX close

Traditionalist group would be allowed to continue raising questions about some teachings of Vatican II

The secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission has confirmed that the Vatican is close to an agreement with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) that would regularize the status of the traditionalist group. Archbishop Guido Pozzo told the German newspaper Die Tagespost that the Vatican will ask the SSPX to endorse a formal declaration, resolving some remaining doctrinal issues. … [Read more...]

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Population control advocates hobnob at the Vatican

Is the Church being penetrated by neo-Malthusians whose end goal is support, via public policies, for birth control?

In 1873, a saint who professed herself “madly fond of children,” who “desire[d] to give many elect souls to Heaven,” gave birth to her ninth child—St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Today, the bishop presiding over the Vatican’s “Biological Extinction” workshop explains that with “education” we “don’t have children. We don’t have seven children. Maybe we have one [or] two children. No … [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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