Pope Francis says Our Father is poorly translated

Takes issue with the phrase "lead us not into temptation" because “I am the one who falls, it's not (God) who pushes me toward temptation to see how I fall"

In a video series for Italian television network TV2000, Pope Francis said that “lead us not into temptation” is a poorly translated line of the Our Father. “This is not a good translation,” the Pope said in the video, published Dec. 6. “I am the one who falls, it's not (God) who pushes me toward temptation to see how I fall. A father doesn't do this, a father helps us to get … [Read more...]

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Annulment express

Streamlined annulment process should allow bishop’s decision after one hearing, pope says

In a November 25 address to participants in a course on annulment procedures, sponsored by the Roman Rota, Pope Francis said that the new streamlined procedure for annulments in special cases should “typically be concluded in one session.” The Pope stressed that these cases can only be decided by a diocesan bishop. “The streamlined process is not an option that the diocesan … [Read more...]

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The war against Cardinal Sarah

Campaign to discredit this quiet and long-suffering churchman motivated because he is seen as having the makings of a pope

Now that Cardinal Gerhard Müller has been removed from his post at the Vatican, the main target of the circle around Pope Francis is Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Their latest coup is the release of a letter of “correction” aimed at Cardinal Sarah and signed by Francis. Published on Sunday, the letter was celebrated as a just humiliation … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis publicly corrects Cardinal Sarah

Pontiff says Vatican's liturgy chief wrong about interpretation of new motu proprio on the liturgy

In an extraordinary rebuke to one of his own Curial cardinals, the Pope has aimed to "explain simply, and hopefully clearly... some errors" in his Worship chief's understanding of Magnum Principium, his recent motu proprio on liturgical translations, indicating the new norms granting enhanced oversight to bishops' conferences as a fresh development – and, most pointedly, … [Read more...]

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Pope slams attempts to eliminate people with disabilities

Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of the underlying eugenic mentality in society that leads many to abort children who are are disabled

On Saturday, Pope Francis issued a harsh condemnation of the underlying eugenic mentality in society that leads many to abort children who are are disabled, saying the Church must be a place of acceptance and welcome for all who are vulnerable. While great strides have been made in recent years in terms of recognizing the dignity of every person, especially the weakest and … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis’ approach to appointing bishops

Persistent rumor says that Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego might be at the top of the list to replace Cardinal Donald Wuerl in Washington, D.C.

Among the most lasting aspects of a Pope’s leadership is his appointment of bishops. To understand a Pope, it’s important to understand how he makes decisions about episcopal leadership. With that in mind, Pope Francis’ approach to the selection and appointment of bishops is worth considering. When diocesan and auxiliary bishops turn 75 years old, they are required to submit … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Death penalty is contrary to the Gospel

Pontiff suggests Catechism should be changed to reflect the works and teachings of recent popes

In an Oct. 11 speech to members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Pope Francis said the topic of the death penalty should have “a more adequate and coherent space” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This topic “cannot be reduced to a mere memory of a historic teaching” without taking into account the works and teachings of recent … [Read more...]

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Cdl. Burke reappointed to Vatican’s highest court

Return comes three years after he was removed as prefect of Apostolic Signatura

Saturday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Cardinal Raymond Burke as a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura – the Holy See's highest court – which he previously headed for six years. Burke, 69, is currently patron of the Order of the Knights of Malta, which he was appointed to in 2014 by Pope Francis. An expert in canon law, he served as … [Read more...]

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It happened to Pope John Paul II too

Like Pope Francis, John Paul II was repeatedly attacked for his statements in line with the Second Vatican Council regarding ecumenism, religious freedom and dialogue with other religions

The speed of the web and social networks that echo the message help to magnify what is happening - such as in the case of the so-called "filial correction” to Pope Francis - like as if nothing similar had ever happened before. A close look at the recent history of the Church shows that this is not the case, and helps place into the right slot the document signed by 79 scholars, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller: there is a climate of fear in the Curia

"If they say one small or harmless critical word, some spies will pass the comments directly to the Holy Father, and the falsely accused people don’t have any chance to defend themselves”

There is a climate of fear in the Curia as people worry “spies” will bad-mouth them to the Pope, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said. In an extensive interview with National Catholic Register, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said Pope Francis is surrounded by “false friends” who are acting like children in a boarding school by privately … [Read more...]

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