Separating Unitive From Procreative Is Root of Culture of Death

British Pro-Life Doctor on How Contraception Has Led to Culture of Death, and the Steady Erosion of Parental Protection

03/10/2015 Comments (34)

Brock Chisholm, the first director of the World Health Organization, said that sex education "should be introduced in the 4th grade, eliminating 'the ways of elders' by force if necessary".

The main root of the Culture of Death, a central aspect of the “throwaway culture” often highlighted by Pope Francis, is the artificial separation through contraception of the unitive and procreative dimensions of sexual relations.

This view is strongly held by Dr. Thomas Ward, vice-president and founder of the U.K.’s National Association of Catholic Families. Ward, a family doctor, argues the damage caused by this artificial separation is also being amplified by the steady removal of parental protection of children.

(Proof of this was seen in Scotland today, March 10th, when various Scottish health boards voiced opposition to pupils and teachers opting out of sex education lessons, or...READ MORE

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Vatican Held to Ransom Over Michelangelo Letter

03/09/2015 Comments (1)

Michelangelo Buonarroti

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The Vatican has received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents, one a handwritten letter of Michelangelo, that have been missing from St. Peter’s basilica since 1997.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed Sunday that Cardinal Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of St. Peter’s basilica, had been contacted recently by a person who offered to retrieve the documents for “a certain price”.

Italian newspaper Il Messaggero said the person, described as a former Vatican employee, had asked for €100,000 for the precious objects. Father Lombardi said the cardinal “naturally refused” to pay the ransom “because these are stolen documents”.

The missing artifacts include...READ MORE

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Parishes Prepare for 2nd Eucharistic Adoration for the Synod

03/04/2015 Comments (8)

Parishes around the world are taking part in a worldwide Eucharistic Adoration Novena for the upcoming Synod on the Family.

The novena, held on the first Thursday of every month until the synod in October, will take place tomorrow, March 5th. It will be the second of nine. The faithful are being warmly invited to take part and are encouraged to ask their parish priest or local religious houses to organize a day of adoration.

More details can be found on the adoration website, and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Organizers stress it’s not a problem if you missed the first one and it can be taken up tomorrow. The aim is pray that the synod takes place according to the Lord’s will and remains...READ MORE

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Why the Reticence in the Face of Attacks on the Church?

03/02/2015 Comments (57)

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering the Church today is the unwillingness of trusted and reliable sources to go on the record. Strangely, this seems most common when it comes to defending doctrine, and the Church generally, in the face of attack.

Whether it’s Church teaching coming under fire at the Synod on the Family, Vatican officials with vitally important and helpful information to share, or German bishops outnumbered by their dissenting brother bishops, few appear willing to go public and speak up for Christ and the truth (it should be said the situation is arguably better in the United States than elsewhere).

And yet many Catholics would say that now is the time when...READ MORE

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Allegations of High Spending at Secretariat for Economy 'Completely False'

02/28/2015 Comments (4)

Cardinal George Pell.


Allegations of high spending by the Secretariat for the Economy are "completely false" and claims Pope Francis and Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat, have discussed such matters are "complete fiction", the Vatican said today. 

In a statement released by the Secretariat, a spokesman said the new dicastery has actually been operating "below the budget set when the office was estabished". 

The Secretariat said it would shortly release financial statements giving detailed accounts of all Vatican entities, including the Secretariat for the Economy. In response to some personal attacks against the cardinal, the statement added: "Finally and for the record, Cardinal Pell does not...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal pell, divorce and remarriage, finance, l'espresso, pope francis, secretariat for the economy, vatican

Lost in the Mail: Cardinal Baldisseri Allegedly Held Up Delivery of Pro-Marriage Book

02/25/2015 Comments (49)

Amid the reports that the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family last October was engineered to favor a particular point of view comes the latest news: A Vatican department allegedly intercepted dozens of copies of a new book written by five cardinals to prevent them being read by the majority of participants of last year’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Anonymous sources claim that Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which reaffirmed Church teaching on marriage and the family, was mailed at the beginning of October to all the synod fathers in the Paul VI hall where the meeting was taking place, but many copies never reached their intended recipients. Reports of the...READ MORE

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African Archbishop Considers Protestant Approach to Marriage

02/25/2015 Comments (10)

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle

– Wikipedia

An African archbishop has reiterated his wish to see an opening in the pastoral care of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, suggesting the Church should consider copying some Protestants in “unbinding” their unions. 

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, said in a new interview with Aleteia that the Church has taken a “very tough line” when it comes to who can and cannot receive holy Communion. “Some Protestant churches believe that Christ gave them power to unbind those who have bound themselves in some marriages that are irregular,” he said, referring to the Gospel passage in which Jesus gave the power of the keys to Peter, saying: “Whatever you bind on earth shall be...READ MORE

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Pope Offers Morning Mass for Martyred Coptic Christians

02/17/2015 Comments (6)

At the beginning of Mass this morning in Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called for prayers for the Coptic Orthodox Christians kidnapped and brutally killed by Islamic State in Sirte, Libya.

As he prepared to begin the Mass in the residence chapel, the Pope invited the congregation to join him in prayer for “our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being Christian, that the Lord welcome them as martyrs, for their families, for my brother Tawadros, who is suffering greatly”.

He then prayed: “Be my protector, O God, a mighty stronghold to save me. For you are my rock, my stronghold! Lead me; guide me, for the sake of your name”.

The papal Mass, offered for the...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