Pope Francis raises the stakes for Catholics unwilling to accept change

Pontiff decrees women may have feet washed, too, in Holy Thursday liturgy

The following comes from a January 20 LifeSiteNews article by John-Henry Westen: As if readying the Church for a coming change, Pope Francis has significantly raised the stakes for those apprehensive about the possibility that he has new innovations in store for the Church. A Vatican Radio summary of his homily on January 18 reads: “Christians who say ‘it’s always been … [Read more...]

What will the pope decide?

The countdown is on for his big decision on the family

The following comes from a December 28 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr.: Sometime soon, Pope Francis is expected to issue his own conclusions on the two recent Synods of Bishops on the family in the form of a document, technically known as an “apostolic exhortation.” Veteran Italian Vatican writer Marco Tosatti recently reported that the document could appear as early as … [Read more...]

Cardinal Sarah’s synod

Who was pope when Athanasius was bishop?

The following comes from a November 20 A Shepherd's Voice blog post: The recent Synod on the Family included an event of supreme importance that has been noted by many—the emergence of the sub-Saharan African Church. There is a stark contrast between the incoherence of the infected bishops and the simple and assured clarity of the African bishops. A number of examples could … [Read more...]

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics

The following comes from an October 21 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according to a new round of small group reports. “The majority without full consensus affirmed the current teaching and practice of the … [Read more...]

Did Thomas More and John Fisher die for nothing?

Archbishop Samuel Aquila wonders what German bishops would have thought about Henry VIII's annulment

The following comes from an October 20 Catholic News Agency article: If divorced-and-remarried Catholics should receive communion, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and many of the German bishops suggest, does that mean St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher died for nothing? In his latest column Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver asked this question and pointed to similarities … [Read more...]

I am not a wolf against the Pope

Synod letter leak was intended 'to sow strife', says Cardinal Müller

  The following comes from an October 13 Catholic News Agency article: Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis from a number of cardinals about its process, calling the leak of a private document scandalous. “I'm not saying whether I signed or not. The scandal is that it makes … [Read more...]

‘Flawed, inadequate’ – bishops skewer synod’s working doc in new report

The following comes from an October 9 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: A controversial working document for the Vatican's synod on the family took a hard hit from numerous bishops who've called the text overly negative, unclear, and possibly inaccurate in its translations. “While various elements of the (document) are admirable, we found much of the text to … [Read more...]

Bishops hope to clear up confusion before Synod

New hard-hitting book, co-authored by Santa Rosa's Bishop Vasa, reiterates Church teachings

The following comes from a May 29 LifeSiteNews article by Lisa Bourne and John-Henry Westen: “The Synod is a solely consultative assembly that has no Magisterial weight in and of itself.” “Neither the Synod of Bishops nor any other Church authority has the competence to change the doctrine of the Church.” Those are a couple of the hard-hitting quotes in a newly released book … [Read more...]

Hundreds of US priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

7 bishops among the signators

The following comes from a May 16 Catholic News Agency article by Mary Rezac: Nearly 1,000 United States priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests. The statement’s wording is exactly that of the English version, and urges the fathers of the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family … [Read more...]

We must be ready to suffer

Talking truth in the U.K.

The following comes from a Catholic World News story published on March 10. Cardinal Raymond Burke delivered a talk in England on March 6 devoted to “remaining in the truth of Christ on holy matrimony.” “At the present moment in the Church, there is perhaps no more critical issue for us to address than the truth about marriage,” he said. “In a world in which the integrity of … [Read more...]