Nostra Aetate: Does It Make Non-Christians Want to Convert?

10/30/2015 Comments (31)

Interreligious representatives attending Pope Francis' weekly general audience Oct. 28.


Nostra Aetate has done much to improve relations between the Church and non-Christian religions, particularly Judaism, but although it wasn't the declaration's stated aim, does it nevertheless make followers of other religions want to join the one, true faith?

I put this question, and a common criticism of the declaration and interreligious dialogue in general, that it has fostered syncretism (the amalgamation of all religions into one), to representatives of three religions who were taking part in a conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University to mark the 50th anniversary of the document.

Nostra Aetate, a declaration on the "Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions" of...READ MORE

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Cardinal Parolin: Pope Likely to Write Apostolic Exhortation

10/29/2015 Comments (9)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.


The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has said he thinks Pope Francis will write an apostolic exhortation on the Synod on the Family, and that it will be published “relatively quickly”.

In an Oct. 29 interview with Vatican Radio’s Italian edition, he said “I think that this time it will happen”, but added that “so far there has been absolutely no talk about this. It’s up to the Pope to decide what to do.” 

A post-synodal apostolic exhortation is a papal summary of a synod and has less magisterial weight than an encyclical or apostolic constitution. 

There have been frequent calls for such a document from the Holy Father in order to help clear up confusion over the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Pell on the Synod, the Final Report, and Decentralization

10/26/2015 Comments (23)

Cardinal George Pell

– Aciprensa

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, sat down with the Register Oct. 25 to share his reflections on the Synod on the Family.

In this characteristically frank interview, he discussed the quality of the final report, criticisms over ambiguous language in the passage relating to divorce and remarriage, the influence of the Pope's 45 personally appointed delegates, and what the Holy Father's recent comments on synodality and decentralization might mean for the Church.

Your Eminence, what was your overall assessment of the synod?

I’ve been to seven synods, I think this was certainly the most interesting and also was very hard work. I think the final...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: Final Report Lacks Clarity on Indissolubility of Marriage

10/26/2015 Comments (61)

Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Knights of Malta and former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, has shared with the Register his initial reaction to the final report of the Synod on the Family.

He focuses on paragraphs 84-86 on divorce and remarriage, saying this section is of "immediate concern because of its lack of clarity in a fundamental matter of the faith: the indissolubility of the marriage bond which both reason and faith teach all men." He also says the way the quotation from Familaris Consortio is used is "misleading."

Here below is the cardinal's comment, followed by an English translation of paragraphs 84-86.


"The entire document requires a careful study, in...READ MORE

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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


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

10/25/2015 Comments (20)

Pope Francis delivering his homily today.


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.


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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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin