Flurry of Books Upholding Church Doctrine Appear Before Family Synod

09/18/2015 Comments (5)

As the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family takes shape, a slew of new or updated books upholding the Church’s teaching and tradition on marriage and the family have been written and published shortly before the meeting begins.

The publications are a response to what many see as threats to established Church teaching and practice presented at the last synod, and which look likely to be repeated at the upcoming meeting of bishops next month.  

One of the latest comes from no less than the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who has had published a new edition of his book: “Mystery and Sacrament of Love – A Theology of Marriage and the Family for the New...READ MORE

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Could Pope Use UN Visit to Help Broker Peace in Syria?

09/17/2015 Comments (4)

It's not beyond the realm of possibility that Pope Francis might be able to exert diplomatic pressure to help bring peace to Syria, Iraq and other areas of conflict when he visits the United Nations next week. Speculation has been heightened after reports he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council this month.

Russia has close connections with Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and Putin reportedly wishes to take a central role in trying to form coalition of Western and Arab countries, including Syria’s Assad regime, against the Islamist terrorist network, ISIS. The Pope may also use the meeting to urge Putin to help...READ MORE

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Pope Attacked Over Motu Proprio; Cardinal Kasper Reasserts His Proposal

09/11/2015 Comments (125)

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Reports have emerged that a seven-page dossier, obtained by the German newspaper Die Zeit, is circulating around the curia in which senior Vatican officials have voiced discontent with the recent change in Church law on annulments, and an absence of consultation over the matter.

On Tuesday, the Pope made sweeping reforms to make the process of obtaining a declaration of nullity simpler, quicker and cheaper.

According to Die Zeit, the officials juridically “picked apart” the Pope’s motu proprio (papal decree) on annulment reform, accuse the Holy Father of giving up an important dogma, and assert that he has introduced de facto “Catholic divorce”.

Further concerns mentioned in the document...READ MORE

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New Polish Documentary Examines "Crisis" Ahead of Synod

09/10/2015 Comments (6)

Polonia Christiana, a bimonthly Catholic publication in Poland, has produced an incisive, informative, and timely documentary on the Synod on the Family.

Called “Crisis: Where Will the Synod Lead Us To?”, it focuses on the extent of the crisis in the Church uncovered during the synod, and includes interviews with Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, and Polish analysts on the Church.  

Cardinal Burke warns that the Church is facing "a critical moment" in which "we may have to give our all to safeguard and promote the truth of the faith, not only for own salvation but for the salvation of our world and for the generations to come.”

Bishop Schneider, auxiliary bishop of...READ MORE

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The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Excerpt

09/09/2015 Comments (5)

For Professor John Rist, one of the Church’s foremost experts in patristics and Church history, the Synod on the Family represents the first time since the fourth century “there has been a serious clash about a basic moral teaching of Catholic Christianity.”

In my new eBook “The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family”, published this week by Ignatius Press, Professor Rist lays out the controversial meeting in the context of the Church’s history – a perspective for which many readers have noted their appreciation. He also explains the way in which it marks a break with how such assemblies have been conducted in the...READ MORE

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The Pope's Annulment Reforms Will Have an Impact on the Synod

09/09/2015 Comments (4)

Pope Francis’ annulment reform is likely to have significant impact on the upcoming Synod on the Family, effectively taking the wind out of the sails of the highly controversial Cardinal Kasper proposal and allowing other issues to come to the fore.

It’s what many would have liked to have happened before the Extraordinary Synod, to prevent the proposal dominating the discussions, although the reform may well be the proposal in another guise.

As John Allen of the Boston Globe writes: the reform will “recalibrate” the synod, and ensure the debates won’t get bogged down in what a hypothetical reform of the annulment process might look like.

Canonical questions aside, the two motu proprios...READ MORE

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Pope Instructs Vatican to House Two Refugee Families

09/07/2015 Comments (7)

Several weeks after calls on the Vatican to lead by example and give shelter to refugees, Pope Francis said Sunday that two Vatican parishes would be welcoming two families fleeing hunger and war.

The Pope told pilgrims at yesterday’s Angelus that the Vatican would be welcoming the two families “in the coming days” and he called on “every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every shrine of Europe [to] welcome one family, beginning with my Diocese of Rome.”

The move would be a “concrete gesture” ahead of the Holy Year of Mercy beginning in December, the Holy Father said.

The Pope’s appeal comes as Europe’s refugee crisis steadily worsens and European leaders continue to...READ MORE

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Pope Calls on All Priests to Absolve Repentant Procurers of Abortion

In Jubilee Year letter, Holy Father also says those who approach SSPX priests for Sacrament of Reconciliation will receive absolution

09/01/2015 Comments (31)

In a letter released today, Pope Francis has called on all priests during the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy to absolve those who have procured abortions if they seek forgiveness with a contrite heart, without special permission from a bishop.

He has also stated that anyone receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation from priests of the Society of St. Pius X during the Jubilee Year will receive absolution for their sins.

In the letter on the Jubilee addressed to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization which is tasked with overseeing the Holy Year, the Holy Father says he wished to focus on “several points” to help all...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