Translation of Full Interview With John Paul II's Close Friend, Dr. Półtawska

Discusses the synod, gender ideology, Humanae Vitae and more.

10/26/2015 Comments (2)

Here below is a translation by EWTN-Germany of their interview last week with Dr. Wanda Półtawska

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(Krakow/Rome) Dr. Wanda Półtawska (93), married for 67 years with Professor Andrzej Półtawski, four daughters, eight grandchildren, psychiatrist, marriage and family counselor, university lecturer in pastoral medicine in amongst others Krakow and at the John Paul II Institute in Rome, member of the Pontifical Academy Pro Vita, longstanding member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, winner of the Gregorius-Order ... is one of the last great witnesses of the 20th century.

Not only has she survived a stay at a German...READ MORE

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Charisms =/= Sanctity

10/25/2015 Comments (17)

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One of the big puzzles that many Catholics have grappled with in recent years is the baffling phenomenon of some charismatic figure (one thinks of a Maciel, for instance) who can, for years, inspire or otherwise offer blessing and solace to good and decent Christians who are full of faith and obedient to the Church.  Said figure can preach or write clear and engaging explications of the Faith.  He can do all sorts of wonderful things that help struggling souls find healing, that give new purpose to the hopeless, and that help the lost discover the riches of grace in Christ.  He is beloved by his devotees—and not without reason.

And yet that charismatic figure then turns out to be bound up...READ MORE

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No, Cardinal Marx, the Indissolubility of Marriage Isn't a "Dream"

10/25/2015 Comments (42)

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the German Bishops' Press Conference at the Pontifical Teutonic College on October 5, 2015. (Bohumil Petrik/CNA)

Like everyone else, I am still trying to make sense of the recent Synod on the Family and what it means for ordinary Catholics. But a comment from Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German Bishops' Conference, really struck a nerve.

The German bishops have mostly backed Cardinal Walter Kasper's proposal to allow divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics to receive Communion in certain situations. But Cardinal Marx apparently sought to balance that priority with a pat on the head for Catholics who remain in their first marriages:

The Church’s message is “one man and one woman will want to be together forever, they say yes and they mean yes, and the Church says be faithful to your...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Homily at Mass to Close Synod on the Family

10/25/2015 Comments (20)
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Pope Francis delivering his homily today.

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Here below is Pope Francis' homily at Mass in St. Peter's basilica this morning to mark the close of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which has been reflecting on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.

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Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Holy Mass for the Closing of the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25 October 2015

The three Readings for this Sunday show us God’s compassion, his fatherhood, definitively revealed in Jesus.

In the midst of a national disaster, the people deported by their enemies, the prophet Jeremiah proclaims that “the Lord has saved his people, the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Closing Speech of Synod on the Family

10/24/2015 Comments (25)

Dear Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies, 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like first of all to thank the Lord, who has guided our synodal process in these years by his Holy Spirit, whose support is never lacking to the Church.

My heartfelt thanks go to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, its Under-Secretary, and, together with them, the Relator, Cardinal Peter Erdő, and the Special Secretary, Archbishop Bruno Forte, the Delegate Presidents, the writers, consultors and translators, and all those who have worked tirelessly and with total dedication to the Church: My deepest thanks!

I likewise thank all of you, dear Synod Fathers,...READ MORE

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Will the Synod Final Report Twist 'Familiaris Consortio'?

10/24/2015 Comments (20)

As the synod fathers vote on each paragraph of the final report this afternoon, there are concerns that a proposal to admit civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion will be subtly voted through, based on what many believe is a false interpretation of Pope St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Familiaris consortio.

The paragraph of the final report in question allegedly doesn’t explicitly mention the Eucharist, but sources inside the synod say there are concerns that if passed, the word “discernment” will be interpreted differently according to where one stands on the issue.

“If I had to guess, my sense is that it will go through and be passed,” a synod source said, “though one...READ MORE

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Final Synod Briefing Concludes

10/24/2015 Comments (5)

VATICAN CITY – Moments ago, Synod Delegate President Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis from Aparecida in Brazil, pontifical appointment Cardinal Christoph Schönborn from Vienna in Austria, and Brother Herve Janson, the Prior General of the Little Brothers of Jesus, delivered the final Synod briefing inside the St. John Paul II Hall at the Holy See Press Office.

Here are three takeaways from their presentations.

Takeaway one: Excluding Sunday’s closing liturgy, the work of the 2015 Synod on the “Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World” concludes today in Rome. The final item of business is an assembly vote on the so-called Relatio Finalis.

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Friend of JPII: 'Our Hope Is Not in the Synod, But in God'

10/24/2015 Comments (10)
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Dr. Wanda Poltawska

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Dr. Wanda Poltawska, 93, is one of the last great witnesses of the 20th century.

The Polish psychiatrist was a close friend of Pope St. John Paul II, a marriage and family guidance counselor, and has long served as a consultor to three Vatican discasteries. She is also a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp and Communist-ruled Poland.

In an interview yesterday with EWTN/CNA Germany, Dr. Poltawska discussed the Synod on the Family, and stressed that John Paul II's apostolic exhortation on the family, Familiaris consortio, continues to be relevant to today. 

Here below are some translated highlights from the interview:

On the synod

The words of Christ are written in the Gospel and...READ MORE

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