German Section of Vatican Radio Receives 'Wild Verbal Slap'

07/08/2015 Comments (28)

An article published July 3 on the German edition of Vatican Radio’s website headlined “Moral Theologian: Church’s Sexual Morality is In Motion”, together with an accompanying picture featuring two lesbians kissing, has caused consternation on the blogosphere and in social media.

A number of readers took to Twitter to say they couldn’t believe such a headline and photo would appear on an official Vatican website. One called it a “disgrace”, another described it as a “shocking piece.” A third tweeted: “Dear God, please help us!”

One reader said the picture was yet another example of "desensitizing" people, especially children and adolescents, to such immoral behavior and the last place one...READ MORE

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Full Text and Guidance Map for Pope Francis' Encyclical 'Laudato Si'

06/17/2015 Comments (6)

Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si was published today, the full text of which can be found here.

Here below are guidance notes on the document, issued by the Vatican.

Reflections on the document were also given at a launch at the Vatican today by Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamo, Prof. John Schellnhuber of the Potstdam Institute, and Carolyn Woo, CEO and President of Catholic Relief Services.  

Laudato si’: A “Map”

This text is a useful guide for an initial reading of the Encyclical. It will help you to grasp the overall development and identify the basic themes. The first two pages are an...READ MORE

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Vatican Statement on Pope Francis' Meeting With President Putin

06/10/2015 Comments (14)

The conflict in Ukraine and the situation in the Middle East were central to the discussions between Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Vatican this evening.

In a statement, the Vatican said the Pope called for a "sincere and great effort to achieve peace" in Ukraine.

The statement went on to say that the two leaders spoke of the "urgency to pursue peace" in the Middle East, ensuring "necessary living conditions" for religious minorities, particularly Christians, in the region.

The Russian President arrived at the Vatican soon after 6pm and left at 7.30pm. As in 2013, he arrived late, this time by about an hour, but the meeting with the Holy...READ MORE

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Cardinal Müller Warns Against Adapting the Church to Today's Often Pagan Lifestyles

06/08/2015 Comments (69)

Cardinal Gerhard Müller

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller has spoken out firmly against trying to adapt the Church’s teaching to today’s often pagan lifestyles, saying such an approach introduces subjectivism and arbitrariness.

In an interview with the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost on June 6th, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned that placing “any so-called lived realities” on the same level as scripture and tradition is “nothing more than the introduction of subjectivism and arbitrariness, wrapped up in sentimental and smug religious terminology.” 

The cardinal’s comments have been widely seen as a criticism of a recent “shadow council” when bishops and experts from Germany, France and...READ MORE

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Vatican Announces Date of Pope's Environment Encyclical

06/04/2015 Comments (28)

St. Francis of Assisi by Cimabue

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The Vatican has announced that the publication date of Pope Francis' second encyclical will be Thursday, June 18th. 

In a statement today, the Vatican said that the rare, advance notice was "to avoid confusion over the date of publication of the long-awaited encyclical." It added that next week "further details" about the document, which will address environmental concerns, will be made public by the Holy See in its daily bulletin. 

There has been much speculation about the date of the publication. In comments to the Register last month, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi denied the encyclical had been delayed because of alleged opposition from the Congregation for the Doctrine of...READ MORE

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Secret Study-Day Invitation and Program

05/29/2015 Comments (112)

Father Eberhard Schockenhoff

The Register has obtained a copy of the invitation and program for last Monday's closed-door study-day held at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a translation of which appears below.

Of particular note is the prominence of Father Eberhard Schockenhoff in the discussions, as well as the other speakers chosen. Father Schockenhoff's previous controversial statements on homosexual relations are listed here. Some passages that are likely to cause concern are included in the text at the end of the program, highlighted in bold below.

Also of note is that sympathetic journalists were invited, and had their expenses paid as well as the other participants, so they could be supplied with...READ MORE

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List of Participants Who Attended Gregorian 'Shadow Council'

05/27/2015 Comments (59)

Pontifical Gregorian University

– Wikipedia

Monday’s unannounced study-day at the Pontifical Gregorian University, organized by the heads of the Swiss, French and German bishops' conferences, was attended by at least nine bishops from those countries.

We publish their names below along with most of those who were also present.

The meeting, which aimed to explore various “pastoral innovations” ahead of the Synod on the Family in October, and reflect on a new “theology of love” that critics say would pave the way for Church recognition of same-sex relationships, was not advertised, even at the Gregorian.

The Austrian Catholic internet site reported Wednesday that they had learned, via episcopal sources, that many bishops...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Letter on Beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero

05/23/2015 Comments (4)

Pope Francis has said today’s beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero is a “cause of great joy” and that his elevation to the altars is a call “to sanity and reflection, to respect for life and harmony.”

In a letter to the Archbishop of San Salvador, José Luis Escobar Alas, the Holy Father said Blessed Óscar Romero “knew how to lead, defend and protect his flock, remaining faithful to the Gospel and in communion with the whole Church.”

Around 250,000 people turned out for the beatification Mass in San Salvador.

Archbishop Romero was martyred on 24 March 1980 when he was shot dead by a gunman as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel.

“His ministry was distinguished by a particular...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