“It’s something that’s going to change the Church”

San Bernardino Bishop Gerald Barnes one of 12 bishops at confab on 'Amoris Laetitia,' reports that only about ten percent of the discussions at the two-day event focused on the 'internal forum' issue

Bishop Gerald Barnes was one of 12 bishops from around the world invited to participate in a two-day reflection and discussion of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) at Boston College. The bishops gathered with a group of theologians on Oct. 5-6, listened to the presentation of papers on the document and had a chance to ask questions and … [Read more...]

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Filial correction

Sixty-two scholars and priests issue letter to Pope Francis saying his words and actions risk leading Catholics into false doctrines

Sixty-two scholars and priests have issued a “filial correction” of Pope Francis, saying that his words and actions risk leading Catholics into false doctrines. The signatories emphasise that they do not accuse the Pope of committing the personal sin of heresy, or the canonical crime. But they claim that the publication of Amoris Laetitia, and the Pope’s subsequent words and … [Read more...]

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One of four “dubia cardinals” has died

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, former Archbishop of Cologne, Germany, was 83

Senior German cardinal and former Archbishop of Cologne Cardinal Joachim Meisner has died at the age of 83. The cardinal was one of four – along with Cardinals Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Raymond Leo Burke – who presented the ‘dubia’ to Pope Francis asking him to clear up controversies surrounding Amoris Laetitia. Last month, it was revealed the four cardinals had … [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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Cardinal Burke promises to correct situation over Amoris Laetitia confusion

Tells crowd that forces of evil will not prevail over the Church

Cardinal Raymond Burke once again has promised to “correct the situation” over confusion surrounding Pope Francis’s controversial 2016 document on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia. The American cardinal was speaking March 24 during a Q&A session after a presentation at Saint Raymond of Peñafort parish in Springfield, Virginia. Burke, formerly the head of the … [Read more...]

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Another formal request for Amoris Laetitia clarification sent to Pope Francis

International Confraternity of Catholic Clergy say divisions are caused by misunderstanding

The following request for clarification is from the  International Confraternity of Catholic Clergy of the United States, Australia, Ireland, and Great Britain: As members of the International Confraternities of Catholic Clergy, we believe there would be great value in an authoritative interpretation of the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia in line with the constant … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller: Communion for the remarried is against God’s law

Strong words from Vatican doctrinal chief on indissolubility of marriage

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, has made one of his strongest statements yet on the controversial question of Communion for the divorced and remarried. In an interview with the Italian magazine Il Timone, Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was asked whether the teaching reaffirmed by Pope St John Paul II’s … [Read more...]

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Bishop Jaime Soto speaks on Amoris Laetitia

No clarification on the Chapter 8 controversy

California Catholic Daily exclusive. The Sacramento Catholic Forum, which kicked off its year on January 25th, was founded to provide formation, fellowship, and networking opportunities to Catholics in the Diocese of Sacramento. Their first breakfast meeting of the year – held at their new location, Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights – was attended by over … [Read more...]

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As recent guidelines show, ‘Amoris’ argument is far from over

Bishops stake out very different positions on interpretation of pope's post-synod apostolic exhortation

Charged debate around the implications of footnote 351 of Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia, the document with which he closed a three-year process involving two Synods of Bishops on the family, has been going on for almost 10 months, and there no signs it’ll wind up any time soon. The footnote addresses access to the sacraments by divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and … [Read more...]

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Another bishop says chastity key to Communion debate

Let's not misuse Pope Francis' plan for Christian marriage, Bishop Steven Lopes urges

Pope Francis’ teaching on marriage aims to help people in difficult family situations without departing from the broader context of Catholic teaching, Bishop Steven J. Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of St. Peter has explained in a new pastoral letter. “Only a careful and faithful reading of Amoris Laetitia will ensure that we receive the Holy Father’s words with the … [Read more...]

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