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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Pontifical Academy for Life delays annual assembly

Currently the Academy has no members other than a new president

The Pontifical Academy for Life has postponed its annual assembly, because at the moment the Academy has no members other than the new president, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. Last year Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Paglia, revised the statutes of the Vatican office, and purged the entire list of its members. Vatican journalist Sandro Magister remarks that the Academy now … [Read more...]

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Trump strategist seeks like-minded allies in the Vatican

Does Cardinal Burke share the same ideology as Breitbart's Steve Bannon?

When Stephen K. Bannon was still heading Breitbart News, he went to the Vatican to cover the canonization of John Paul II and make some friends. High on his list of people to meet was an archconservative American cardinal, Raymond Burke, who had openly clashed with Pope Francis. In one of the cardinal’s antechambers, amid religious statues and book-lined walls, Cardinal … [Read more...]

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Vatican journal article questions ban on female ordination

Material in Civilta Cattolica is approved in advance by the Vatican and its editor is a key adviser to Pope Francis

A new article in the Italian Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica raises questions about the teaching of St. John Paul II that women can never be ordained to the priesthood. The essay in Civilta Cattolica carries special significance, because material in the journal is approved in advance by the Vatican. Moreover, the editor of Civilta Cattolica, Father Antonio Spadaro, is a key … [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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