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

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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

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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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Full Text of Pope's Homily at Mass for New Cardinals

02/15/2015 Comments (14)

Here below is the full text of Pope Francis' homily at Mass delivered this morning in St. Peter's basilica for 20 new cardinals created yesterday in the course of the Ordinary Public Consistory.

 "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean"… Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out his hand and touched him, and said: "I do choose. Be made clean!" (Mk 1:40-41). The compassion of Jesus! That com-passion which made him draw near to every person in pain! Jesus does not hold back; instead, he gets involved in people’s pain and their need… for the simple reason that he knows and wants to show com-passion, because he has a heart unashamed to have "compassion".

"Jesus could no longer go into...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Creates 20 New Cardinals

02/14/2015 Comments (3)

Pope Francis greeted Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on entering St. Peter's basilica.


Pope Francis reminded 20 newly created cardinals this morning they are always to to be ordered towards charity, have a “strong sense of justice”, "rejoice in the right", and be docile to the working of the Holy Spirit.

“The more we are ‘incardinated’ in the Church of Rome, the more we should become docile to the Spirit,” Francis explained, “so that charity can give form and meaning to all that we are and all that we do.”

He also warned against being jealous, boastful, and puffed up with pride, and stressed their newly elevated status is not “honorific” but rather an essential support for the life of the community.

Speaking at the ordinary public consistory for the creation of new...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Curial Reform Must Lead to More Effective Evangelization

02/12/2015 Comments (3)
Edward Pentin

Swiss Guard on duty at the Bronze Door of the Apostolic Palace.

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To harmonize the work among Vatican offices, increase effective collaboration, and promote collegiality – these are some of the end goals of reform of the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said today.

Opening a two-day consistory of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican’s Synod Hall today largely dedicated to studying the reform proposals so far, the Pope said reforming the curia is “not an end in itself, but a means to give a strong Christian witness.”

He said it must “promote a more effective evangelization,” as well as a “more fruitful ecumenical spirit”, and encourage a “more constructive dialogue with all”.

The Pope reminded those present, who included the 20 prelates to be made cardinals...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