Bishops reject resolution encouraging Vatican to release McCarrick documents

The resolution was voted down by a vote of 83-137, with three abstaining

On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the resolution was redundant and ambiguous won out, and it was voted down by a clicker … [Read more...]

Cardinal Angelo Scola: Communion for the remarried contradicts Church teaching

Former Archbishop of Milan and onetime favorite to succeed Benedict XVI defends Church’s traditional teaching that divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete continence”

Cardinal Angelo Scola, a prominent cardinal who in 2013 was the bookies’ favourite to become Pope, has re-entered the controversy over Communion for the remarried. In a new book-length interview, the former Archbishop of Milan defends the Church’s traditional teaching, namely that the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete … [Read more...]

The Vatican is wooing Silicon Valley

Under Pope Francis, the Catholic Church has been courting Silicon Valley for years

Barely 100 yards away from a statue of Giordano Bruno, the freethinking friar who was burned at the stake in 1600 after the Catholic Church found him guilty of heresy, some of the world’s brightest young people gathered earlier this month for the opening of an unprecedented event: a hackathon convened by the Vatican. Pope Francis blessed it. Google and Microsoft backed it. … [Read more...]

Pray for the Chair of St. Peter

Bishop Kevin Vann reflects on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter: "Anyone who knows some Church history knows that we Christians, from the very beginning... have disagreed on many things"

On Feb. 22, we celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. When I was living in Rome, this was one of my favorite occasions to visit the Vatican. I always made it a point to visit St. Peter’s Basilica every year on this beautiful day when, the chair sculptured by Bernini (said to contain a chair that belonged to St. Peter himself) would be lit up with candles–only on this … [Read more...]

Blessed Pope Paul VI may be canonized later this year

Congregation for the Causes of Saints approves second miracle by unanimous vote on Feb. 6., next step is official decree by Pope Francis

On Tuesday the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the second miracle needed for the canonization of Blessed Pope Paul VI, allowing his canonization to take place, possibly later this year. According to Vatican Insider, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints approved the miracle by a unanimous vote Feb. 6. The next step is for Pope Francis to also give his … [Read more...]

Pope Francis awards architect of safe-abortion fund with Pontifical Honor

Lilianne Ploumen sees the award as confirmation of the work she has done concerning abortion

Pro-abortion extremist Lilianne Ploumen, the former minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands, was honored by Pope Francis with entry into the Order of St. Gregory the Great, according to the Lepanto Institute, Dutch radio BNR, and the Order's website.  The award was presented at the Vatican in June 2017, when Ploumen took part in an official … [Read more...]

Creative fidelity

Pope urges theologians to be ‘faithful, anchored’ to Vatican II

Affirming the critically important role of a “free and responsible” form of Catholic theology in the life of the church, Pope Francis called on theologians to “remain faithful and anchored” to the vision of Vatican II, as well as “immersed” in the instincts and concerns of ordinary people who’ve never taken “academic courses in theology.” The Second Vatican Council (1962-65), … [Read more...]

The dangers of attacking the validity of the Novus Ordo

Abuses are the fault of the priest and do not affect the validity of the Mass

The following is by Fr. Charles Nwora Okeke on A liturgical Rite represents a church tradition about how the sacraments are to be celebrated. There are about 20 liturgical Rites present in the Church today. Of these, the ordinary form of the Latin Rite, referred to as the Novus Ordo by some people, has been the target of unremitting negative attacks. … [Read more...]

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...]

Christians didn’t start the war on religious liberty

Archbishop Chaput answers Rome's foes of Catholic-Evangelical alliance

The following comes from a July 18 story in Catholic Philly. History is full of great quotations that people never said. One of the best lines comes from Vladimir Lenin. He described Russian progressives, social democrats, and other fellow travelers as “useful idiots” – naïve allies in revolution whom the Bolsheviks promptly crushed when they took power. Or so the … [Read more...]