Same-Sex Attracted Individuals Underline Importance of Church Teaching Ahead of Synod

10/02/2015 Comments (42)

The Church must lose her “seeming bashfulness” and find the nerve to consistently preach the truth of the Church’s doctrine on human sexuality, individuals with a history of same-sex attraction have said.

Speaking on the eve of the Synod on the Family, they offered views rarely heard due to ideologically-driven rights movements taking precedent in the media and elsewhere.

Four of those who have had experience of SSA discussed challenges and expectations regarding the upcoming synod at a teleconference Thursday.

The teleconference also coincided with the publication of ‘Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction’ – a book published by Ignatius Press in which...READ MORE

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Does the ‘Judicial Path’ for Annulments Avoid ‘Catholic Divorce’?

09/30/2015 Comments (5)


On the papal plane back from the United States, French journalist Jean-Marie Genois of Le Figaro asked Pope Francis to respond to those who fear that his recent annulment reform, which streamlined the process of obtaining a declaration of nullity, has de-facto created ‘Catholic divorce’.

The Holy Father responded by saying that regarding the “procedure and the method, I closed the door to the administrative path, which was the path through which divorce could have entered.”

He added: “You could say that those who think this is ‘Catholic divorce’ are wrong because this last document has closed the door to divorce by which it could have entered. It would have been easier with the...READ MORE

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Nearly 800,000 Sign Appeal Calling on Pope Francis to Clarify Church Doctrine

09/29/2015 Comments (27)

A petition of nearly 800,000 signatures from individuals and associations around the world including 202 prelates was presented to Pope Francis today, calling on the Holy Father to issue words of clarity on the Church's teaching on marriage and family.

The “filial petition”, which has received 790,150 signatures since the appeal was launched in March, reflects concerns emanating from last year’s Extraordinary Synod.

The appeal expresses concern about “widespread confusion” arising from the possibility that “a breach” had been opened within the Church at last year's meeting, one “that would accept adultery—by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy...READ MORE

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Dissenters Express High Hopes for Synod

Meanwhile orthodox-thinking Catholics to reassert Church doctrine with four major Rome conferences scheduled for this week

09/28/2015 Comments (10)

As the Synod on the Family approaches, those pushing for radical reform in the Church — or rather dissent from established Church teaching — and those upholding the Church’s doctrine, are both making their views more widely known.

Beginning with the dissenters, Swiss Vaticanist Giuseppe Rusconi has helpfully summarized their views on Pope Francis and the synod. The heterodox views of 30 individuals including Italian priests, a bishop, and a leftist politician appear in a special issue of “Micromega”, a secularist journal, published in time for the synod.

With the exception of two who are strongly critical, the other contributors are very satisfied with the Pope and see him as a vehicle...READ MORE

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Cardinal Danneels' Biographers Retract Comments on St. Gallen Group

But the cardinal's assertion that the secretive "mafia-like" group existed and opposed Joseph Ratzinger still stands

09/26/2015 Comments (33)

Cardinal Danneels at a launch of the new authorized biography.

The authors of a new authorized biography of Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels, have issued a correction to earlier comments quoted in a Belgian newspaper and which I reported here

Karim Schelkens and Jürgen Mettepenningen, authors of Godfried Danneels Biographie, have stressed that the “St. Gallen club” of reformist prelates was not a lobby group that prepared for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to be elected Pope.

They say their quote in the original article in “Le Vif”, which had said “the election of Bergoglio was prepared in St. Gallen” by Cardinal Danneels and others, was a mistake made "after their approval and correction" of the quote.

Now they...READ MORE

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Why the Name of Jesus Wasn't Mentioned in the Pope's UN Speech

09/25/2015 Comments (74)

In common with Pope Francis’ addresses at the White House and to Congress, the Holy Father chose not to mention Jesus Christ in his speech this morning to the United Nations.

It’s understandably causing quite a bit of head-scratching among some Catholic commentators who are keen to point out that the Pope speaks in the name of Jesus, and should therefore explicitly invoke his name in order to direct national and world leaders to the light of Christ and His teaching.

But this approach is not new: Benedict XVI didn’t refer to Christ in his speech at Westminster Hall in London in 2010, and made only one explicit reference to Him when he addressed the UN in 2008. (Pope St. John Paul II made...READ MORE

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Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of 'Mafia' Club Opposed to Benedict XVI

New authorised biography also reveals papal delegate at upcoming synod wrote letter to Belgium government supporting same-sex "marriage" legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups

09/24/2015 Comments (111)

Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical "mafia" reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI.

It was also revealed this week that he once wrote a letter to the Belgium government favoring same-sex "marriage" legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups.

The cardinal is already known for having once advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law in 1990, for telling a victim of clerical sex abuse to keep quiet, and for refusing to forbid pornographic,...READ MORE

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Polish Bishops Warn Against 'Divorce Mentality' in the Church

09/24/2015 Comments (2)

UPDATE: Full text of the Polish bishops' statement in English can now be read here.


Polish bishops have issued a statement ahead of next month’s Ordinary Synod on the Family in which they firmly reassert the Church’s teaching that the Eucharist cannot be given to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and expressly warn against a “divorce mentality”.

The indissolubility of marriage is “the unchangeable teaching of the Catholic Church", the bishops say, quoting Mark 10:9: “What God has joined together, let no man separate.”

Listing nine points of importance in the statement issued Monday, they also cite Pope Benedict XVI, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis in addition to...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