Cardinal Sodano Discusses Vatican Leaks

06/06/2012 Comments (6)

Cardinal Angelo Sodano

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In a rare interview, Cardinal Angelo Sodano has spoken about the leaking of confidential documents from the Roman Curia.

The current Dean of the College of Cardinals, who served 16 years as Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Secretary of State, underlined the commitment among Vatican officials in serving the Pope, though said that naturally none of them are flawless, and pointed out that although diversity of opinion exists among cardinals, that does not mean division. He also praised the media for some coverage of the Holy Father but criticised it for “distortions”.

In the interview, which appears in the latest edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the 84 year-old cardinal said reports of...READ MORE

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Pope's Timely Advice on Essence of a Good Ruler

06/05/2012 Comments (10)

St. Ambrose of Milan

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During his visit to the World Meeting of Families in Milan at the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI gave a timely address on the relationship between Church and State and the essence of a just, wise and benevolent ruler. His words were relevant not only to the situation in the United States but also many other countries where the rights and freedoms of Catholics, especially when it comes to the protection of life and the family, are under threat.

To help explain his arguments, the Holy Father, who was addressing civil and military authorities, industrialists and workers, and exponents of the world of culture in the Italian region of Lombardy, drew on the example and principles of St. Ambrose,...READ MORE

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Pope Addresses “Vatileaks” Affair, Expresses Confidence in Closest Aides

05/30/2012 Comments (3)

Pope Benedict XVI today referred to the leaking of confidential Vatican documents that led last week to the arrest of his valet, saying recent events had caused him “sadness” but that he had confidence in his closest aides.

The Holy Father also criticized “entirely gratuitous” reports that have gone “beyond the facts”, presenting a “completely unrealistic image” of the Holy See.

In unscripted remarks at the end of today's general audience, the Pope said:

"The events of recent days involving the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness to my heart. However, I have never lost my firm certainty that, despite the weakness of man, despite difficulties and trials, the Church is...READ MORE

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Vatican Publishes Norms on Presumed Apparitions

05/29/2012 Comments (8)

The Vatican drew attention today to the recent publication of hitherto unofficially published norms regarding discernment of presumed apparitions.

In a statement, it said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had recently published the norms which were originally approved by Pope Paul VI and issued by the congregation in 1978.

The Vatican said they were not officially released to the public until now because they were “principally intended as a direct aid for the pastors of the Church.” But it added that over the years the document had appeared in “various works” without the permission of the CDF.

“Since the contents of the norms are already in the public domain, the...READ MORE

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Pope: Live According to Unity and Truth of Holy Spirit

05/28/2012 Comments (4)

"Vatileaks" and internal politics at the Vatican Bank have been monopolizing the media's attention lately, crowding out other important news items such as the Holy Father's homily for Pentecost, and the surprising news that he is to declare two new Doctors of the Church.

In his homily, delivered in St. Peter's basilica yesterday, Benedict XVI warned that when "men wish to set themselves up as God, they only succeed in setting themselves against one other. On the other hand, when they abide in the truth of the Lord, they open themselves to the action of His spirit which sustains and unites them".

St. Paul, he added, tells us that the life of man is marked by an inner conflict between...READ MORE

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Pope "Shocked and Saddened" by Arrest of Valet

05/26/2012 Comments (15)

Pope Benedict XVI is reported to be “shocked and saddened” by the arrest of his valet, Paolo Gabriele, who has served in the Pope's inner circle for six years.

The Holy Father was informed of Gabriele’s arrest and detention after the papal assistant was found to be “in illegal possession” of confidential Vatican documents.

More details emerged today of what is said to have been found in his apartment. Vaticanista Marco Tosatti of La Stampa, quoting unnamed Vatican sources, has reported that a “staggering amount” of confidential material kept in boxes was discovered by investigators, including equipment needed to photograph and reproduce documents. 

Other leaked documents, published...READ MORE

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Pope Issues Rallying Call to His Brother Cardinals

05/22/2012 Comments (11)

Pope Benedict XVI gave a short yet limpid address to members of the College of Cardinals at a lunch yesterday, reminding them that both he and they are engaged in a fight together for good against evil.

In a kind of pep-talk to his closest advisors, he referred to ecclesia militans – the Church Militant – which means all living Christians who struggle against sin, the devil, or as St. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12: "..the rulers of the darkness of this world" and "spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Although the Holy Father says the term is “a bit out of fashion” (“Church Militant” and the other two, “Church Triumphant” and “Church Suffering”, are not explicitly mentioned in the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: Youth Understand Bankruptcy of Anti-Life Culture

05/14/2012 Comments (11)
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Cardinal Raymond Burke with Rome's minister for equal opportunities, Lavinia Mennuni, and Roberto de Mattei of the Lepanto Foundation.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke took a prominent role in Sunday’s first ever March for Life in Rome, presiding over Eucharistic adoration in St. Mary Major basilica Saturday in reparation for the crime of abortion and taking part in the march the next day. In this short interview with the Register, the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura reflected on the importance of the march as he joined the thousands of people who walked from the Colosseum to St. Peter’s basilica.

What are your opinions and reflections on the March for Life?

The march is very important as a fundamental witness to the inviolable dignity of human life and the responsibility all of us have to restore...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