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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Pope Francis reveals that he consulted a psychoanalyst to ‘clarify a few things’

He was accused of being 'ultraconservative' while head of Jesuit order in Argentina

Pope Francis has revealed, for the first time, that he sought help from a psychoanalyst when he was younger. He is believed to be the first Pope in history to have visited a psychoanalyst – or at least to have admitted to it. In a new book, he says that at the age of 42 – decades before he was made Pope - he went to a psychiatrist in Buenos Aires in his native Argentina for … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: Liturgical reform is irreversible

Speaking to participants of the 68th Italian National Liturgical Week, pontiff says "the mentality of the people must be reformed as well”

Pope Francis gave an important address on the liturgical reform on Thursday, speaking to participants of the 68th Italian National Liturgical Week. The liturgical reform, he said, did not “flourish suddenly,” but was the result of a long preparation. It was brought to maturity by the Second Vatican Council with the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, … [Read more...]

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New bishop chosen for Chaldean eparchy of San Diego

Pope Francis has named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head of the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans, pulling him from his prior post in Canada. Bishop Shaleta has until now served as Bishop of the Mar Addai Eparchy of Toronto. Announced in an Aug. 9 communique from the Vatican, his appointment to San Diego came … [Read more...]

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Pope’s letter was not an endorsement of gay marriage

A congratulatory letter sent from Pope Francis to a same-sex couple regarding the baptism of their children was a standard form letter, Vatican says

A congratulatory letter sent from Pope Francis to a same-sex couple regarding the baptism of their children was a standard form letter sent to all who write to the Pope, a Vatican source has confirmed. The letter was not an endorsement of gay unions, the source told CNA, and the Pope may not have known that the letter was going to a gay couple, since it was addressed to a … [Read more...]

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Vatican article says main obstacle for Pope Francis is bishops, priests

Antiquated image of priesthood and old theology are responsible for hostility towards pope

On the heels of one controversial Vatican article alleging an “ecumenism of hate” between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in America, another potential eyebrow-raiser emerged Saturday claiming that the “main obstacle” to implementing Pope Francis’s vision is “closure, if not hostility” from “a good part of the clergy, at levels both high and low.” The term “high and … [Read more...]

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