Pope Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants”

In an admiring portrait of the pope, Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Francis is able to do so because he is “free from disordered attachments”

Under Pope Francis, the Church is now “openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture,” a Vatican adviser has said. In an admiring portrait of the Pope, Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants” because he is “free from disordered attachments”. Fr … [Read more...]

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Can Council of Cardinals still deliver on reform?

Pope Francis may be fast running out of credible collaborators

By most accounts, Pope Francis was elected with a mandate to reform the Roman Curia- the complex network of dicasteries, commissions, and councils charged with the central administrative work of the Catholic Church- a network that, even to insiders and experts, more often resembles a rabbit warren than a well-defined system of governable offices with clear … [Read more...]

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Vatican changes Catechism teaching on death penalty

Says penalty is "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person"

The Vatican changed Thursday the Catechism of the Catholic Church's teaching on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church has taught is legitimate in limited cases, stating the penalty is ‘inadmissible,’ and its elimination should be sought. A new draft of paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of … [Read more...]

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Cardinal McCarrick resigns from College of Cardinals

Pope Francis accepted the resignation and directed Cardinal McCarrick to observe “a life of prayer and penance in seclusion” until the end of the canonical process against him

Saturday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals, and suspended him from the exercise of any public ministry. Pope Francis accepted Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation from the cardinalate July 28 and applied a suspension a divinis, which according to canon 1333 in the Code of Canon Law, prohibits him from acts of the … [Read more...]

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Papal confidantes denounce ‘distorted American dream’ of Prosperity Gospel

"A theological justification for economic neoliberalism"

The “prosperity gospel” that US President Donald Trump and many of his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal. The philosophy “is used as a theological justification for economic neo-liberalism” and is “a far cry from … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names cardinals who will lead upcoming synod on youth

All four come from what the pontiff has described as the “peripheries” of the world: Myanmar, Iraq, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’s picks for the four cardinals who’ll preside over an October meeting of bishops focused on youth. All four come from what the pontiff has described the “peripheries” of the world: Myanmar, Iraq, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. Though a “president delegate” post doesn’t necessarily mean much in terms of the ability to shape … [Read more...]

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Cardinal proposes adding environmental protection to Code of Canon Law

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio: In the section on “Obligations and rights of all the faithful,” the duty to promote the natural environment should be included

A new canon to be inserted in the Code of Canon Law, dedicated to the “grave duty” of the Christian faithful not only “not to harm” but also to “improve” the natural environment. This is the proposal that Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President Emeritus of the Dicastery for Legislative Texts, intends to make to Pope Francis, as he himself announced during the meeting … [Read more...]

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US Association of Consecrated Virgins stunned by Vatican document

“Shocking to hear from Mother Church that physical virginity may no longer be considered an essential prerequisite for consecration to a life of virginity”

The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new rules issued by the Vatican that appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins. The group has taken issue with section 88 of the new document, Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, which states: “Thus to have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practiced the virtue of chastity in an … [Read more...]

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New Vatican document explains role of consecrated virgins

'Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago' is the first Vatican document to deal with the life of conscrated virgins who are not associated with religious orders

The Vatican has issued a new instruction on Consecrated Virginity as the vocation experiences increasing interest. The document, titled Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, comes after requests from bishops across the world for clarity on the role of consecrated virgins, as more women discern the vocation. A consecrated virgin is a woman who has never married who pledges perpetual … [Read more...]

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A critical tipping-point

Pope Francis' appointees will hold a solid plurality of electors in future conclave

Even if every new intake to the Pope's "Senate" is significant, some Consistories nonetheless have more meaning than others – and as Francis' fifth class of new cardinals, 14 in all, receive the red hat Thursday afternoon, the group represents a critical tipping-point. Once the designates take their gilded red silk seats among their elders in the College, for the first time, … [Read more...]

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