St. John Paul II was here

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the pastoral visit of St. John Paul II to Los Angeles

The following is written by Archbishop José H. Gomez: I talk a lot about the saints who have come to Los Angeles to pray and to minister and to encourage us. I hope I will never lose that sense of amazement that I feel, knowing that we are walking in the footsteps of saints, praying in the places where they prayed, working in places where they once worked. For me, it is a … [Read more...]

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Second of four ‘dubia cardinals’ has died

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, dead at 79; Vatican provides no details

On Tuesday the Vatican announced that Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop Emeritus of Bologna, has died at the age of 79.  He was known for pastoral and academic work in support of marriage and families, especially through the founding of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family. No details regarding the late prelate's death were included in the Sept. 6 … [Read more...]

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After 500 years, Reformation-era divisions have lost much of their potency

Pew Research Center survey finds that across Europe and the U.S., the prevailing view is that Protestants and Catholics today are more similar religiously than they are different

As Protestants prepare to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, new Pew Research Center surveys show that in both Western Europe and the United States, the theological differences that split Western Christianity in the 1500s have diminished to a degree that might have shocked Christians in past centuries. Across Europe and the U.S., the prevailing view is that … [Read more...]

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Vatican scuttlebutt: ‘Summorum Pontificum’ may be in danger

Pope Francis said to be considering plan to offer traditional Latin Mass only through SSPX, but only after Benedict XVI dies

Sources inside the Vatican suggest that Pope Francis aims to end Pope Benedict XVI’s universal permission for priests to say the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. While the course of action would be in tune with Pope Francis’ repeatedly expressed disdain for the TLM especially among young people, there has been no open discussion of … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Paglia says Pontifical Academy for Life will pursue more diverse agenda

Criticizes pro-lifers for "raising the flags of a few principles"

The following comes from a July 19 story on the Catholic Culture website. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia explained the new strategic vision of the Pontifical Academy for Life in an interview with Austen Ivereigh for Crux. The Italian prelate brushed aside criticism that the Pontifical Academy has downgraded its commitment to the pro-life struggle, explaining that the … [Read more...]

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Jesuit publication slams perceived evangelical-Catholic coalition in US

Confidantes of Pope Francis publish article in influential Jesuit magazine "La Civilta Catholic"

An analysis piece published Thursday in La Civilta Cattolica discusses what it calls a “surprising” and unfortunate alliance between conservative Catholics and evangelicals in the U.S. on issues such as immigration – suggesting the two are in direct opposition to Pope Francis' message of mercy. The article, published online July 13, is co-authored by Fr. Antonio Spadaro, … [Read more...]

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“I cannot accept this way of doing things”

Cardinal Gerhard Müller criticizes the way Pope Francis dismissed him from CDF, but insists he remains loyal to the pontiff

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has criticized the way in which Pope Francis dismissed him as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while continuing to insist that he is loyal to the Pontiff. The German cardinal told the daily Passauer Neue Presse that the Pope did not inform him that he would be dismissed until the last day of his 5-year term. The notification … [Read more...]

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