Pope Francis establishes new theological institute for marriage and family

Motu proprio changes the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective

On Tuesday Pope Francis issued a new motu proprio changing the legal status of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, making it a theological institute charged with studying marriage and the family from a scientific perspective. The motu proprio, titled “Summa Familiae Cura,” meaning “Highest Care of Families,” was published Sept. 19 and officially established … [Read more...]

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Pope issues new directives on revision, translation of liturgical texts

More power to episcopal conferences, less of a role for Congregation for Divine Worship

The Holy See has released a new “motu proprio” from Pope Francis outlining a shift in the responsibility of local bishops and the Apostolic See for the revision and approval of liturgical texts. Dated Sept. 3, the document is titled “Magnum Principium,” meaning “The great principle,” and deals explicitly with two specific changes to Canon 838 of the Code of Canon Law, which … [Read more...]

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Merry Christmas, bishops

Biggest annulment changes in 300 years will hit dioceses three months from now

The following comes from a Sept. 8 posting on Ed Peters' Canon Law Blog. .... At the pope’s request, a tiny group of experts, most from just one country, developed these new canons and explanations in a very short time. I find, however, the implications of some of these norms for marriage law in general, and for diocesan bishops in particular, stunning, and I join Dr. Kurt … [Read more...]

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