Cardinal Sarah Calls on All Priests to Celebrate Mass Facing East

07/06/2016 Comments (29)
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Cardinal Robert Sarah at the Sacra Liturgia conference in London, July 5, 2016.

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Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has asked all priests to return “as soon as possible” to celebrating Mass ad orientem, that is, facing east rather than towards the congregation.

The cardinal, making what many consider to be an historic announcement at this year’s Sacra Liturgia conference in London yesterday evening, said it is “very important" to reintroduce the practice universally, and suggested Advent this year would be a good time to do so.

He called on priests to “implement this practice wherever possible, with prudence and with the necessary catechesis”, but also with “confidence that this is something good...READ MORE

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English Transcript of Archbishop Gänswein's EWTN Germany Interview

07/05/2016 Comments (3)
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Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household, speaking to Paul Badde of EWTN Germany.

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In a recent wide-ranging interview on EWTN Germany, Archbishop Georg Gänswein discussed several key contemporary issues including his own controversial remark that, by resigning, Benedict XVI expanded the Petrine office.

During the candid conversation with German author Paul Badde (see full transcript below), the Pope Emeritus’ personal secretary stood by his comment, but also underlined that there are not two popes, and that Francis has full authority.

“There is no competition or rivalry,” Archbishop Gänswein argues. “When applying common sense, faith and a little theology, that should be clear.”

Archbishop Gänswein, who further serves under Pope Francis as prefect of the Pontifical...READ MORE

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Fr. Lombardi: Reports of Vatican Administrator for Medjugorje 'Premature'

07/04/2016 Comments (37)
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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ.

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The Vatican has said reports that Pope Francis is to soon name a special administrator for Medjugorje are “premature”, but it is a hypothesis among others currently under consideration.

In a note to journalists today, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said “in recent days rumors have been circulating about the possible appointment of an apostolic administrator for the Medjugorje shrine”, one which would “report directly to the Holy See.”

Such a possibility is a “hypothetical subject for study among others,” Father Lombardi said, but added “there has still been no decision” about it “and so it is premature to speak of it as a direction already taken, or as an imminent decision”.

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Archbishop Pozzo: SSPX Continuing Dialogue With Holy See

07/04/2016 Comments (13)
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Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei".

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Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the Vatican’s point-man for regularizing the Society of St. Pius X, has reaffirmed that the Society is continuing dialogue with the Holy See.

In an interview with Vatican Radio's Italian edition on Friday, the Secretary for the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" said a statement the Society issued last week was not a step back from dialogue, nor did the priestly fraternity say anything new about its view of the current situation in the Church.

But he made clear that although the Society said in its statement that canonical recognition is not a priority, for the Vatican it is an “essential condition” if the SSPX is to come into “full ecclesiastical communion” with...READ MORE

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New Book Interview With Benedict XVI Due Out in September

'Corriere della Sera' reports it will be an autobiographical interview written by German author Peter Seewald.

06/30/2016 Comment

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is to discuss the most important parts of his life in a new book interview with German author Peter Seewald, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera has reported.

The book, the first of its kind in history and due out in September, will be an autobiographical interview that will cover Joseph Ratzinger's childhood in Nazi Germany, the discovery of his vocation, and his service at the Vatican.

The Pope Emeritus will also touch upon the anxiety he suffered during his first days as Successor of Peter, and his “painful” decision to resign.  

He will discuss “his faith, his weaknesses, his private life”, Corriere della Sera says, as well as the highs and lows of the...READ MORE

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SSPX Issues Statement Clarifying Its Position With Rome

06/29/2016 Comments (71)
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Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X.

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The Society of St. Pius X has clarified its constant position vis-à-vis Rome after a meeting of major superiors of the Society this week.

In a statement published today, the SSPX cited the "great and painful confusion that currently reigns in the Church", as well as the need for a supportive Pope who "concretely favors the return to Sacred Tradition." 

It said that the proclamation of Catholic doctrine "requires the denunciation of errors" that have made their way into the Church, ones which are "unfortunately encouraged by a large number of pastors, including the Pope himself."

The Society said that it "does not seek primarily a canonical recognition", but rather to bring the light of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Response to the Register's Question on Brexit

06/28/2016 Comments (13)
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Pope Francis about to answer questions on the papal plane from Armenia, June 26, 2016.

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Does Pope Francis think the majority of UK voters were right in voting to leave the European Union?

I tried to find out when I asked him on the papal plane if he is concerned the EU might disintegrate and possibly war ensue following the “Brexit” vote, something the “Remain” campaign had warned could happen and were criticized for needless scaremongering.

The Holy Father didn’t directly answer the question: he spoke of a “climate of division” in Europe, and chose instead to distinguish between the need for a “healthy disunity” in the European Union, and “Balkanisation”, or secession, that is “not emancipation”.

He said he did not place Brexit in the latter category, but rather the push...READ MORE

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Pope Francis on Pope Emeritus: ‘The Wise Grandfather at Home’

Holy Father pays tribute to Pope Emeritus on the eve of a ceremony to celebrate Benedict XVI's 65 years as a priest.

06/27/2016 Comments (5)
Joseph Ratzinger-Pope Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation

– Joseph Ratzinger-Pope Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation

At noon tomorrow, Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will make another rare appearance together at a ceremony to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Benedict’s ordination to the priesthood.

During the event, to take place in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father will present Benedict XVI with a book entitled Teaching and Learning the Love of God, a collection of Joseph Ratzinger’s homilies on the priesthood. Also present will be Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger (they were ordained together), and a few senior Vatican officials.

The ceremony will be televised on Vatican television and also streamed live on YouTube here. Due to the Feast of Sts. Peter...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