A Closer Look at Britain and the Culture of Death

09/04/2010 Comments (9)

The Houses of Parliament in Westminster. More abortions currently take place in Britain than in any other country in Europe.

Ahead of the Pope’s upcoming visit to Great Britain, there’s been a vigorous debate in some sections of the British press over whether the UK is the centre of the ‘culture of death.’

The discussion was sparked by a timely interview in Zenit with the director of pastoral affairs for the Westminster archdiocese, Edmund Adamus, and in particular this comment he made near the beginning:

“Whether we like it or not as British citizens and residents of this country—and whether we are even prepared as Catholics to accept this reality and all it implies—the fact is that historically, and continuing right now, Britain, and in particular London, has been and is the geopolitical epicentre of the...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI Gives Rare Book Interview

Conversations with Peter Seewald to be published by end of the year

08/31/2010 Comments (1)

Benedict XVI and the German author Peter Seewald

Pope Benedict XVI has given an interview to the German journalist and author Peter Seewald which will soon be published in book form, according to an article in today’s Die Tagespost and confirmed by the Vatican.

The date of publication is not yet known although according to the Italian Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli, it’s expected to hit bookstores within a year. In a statement released by the Vatican this afternoon, papal spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said the interviews, which took place between 26th and 31st July at Castel Gandolfo, would be published by the end of the year in German and Italian, with other languages expected to follow.

Die Tagespost says the book has the working...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI's Full Schedule for the Fall

08/20/2010 Comments (3)

Pope Benedict XVI waves from the balcony during his Angelus prayer Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy. (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican have a busy schedule this fall, filled with papal visits, a synod of bishops and possibly even a consistory.

The Holy Father will be staying at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo at least until the end of September but before he returns to Rome he has three important engagements: 

• First is his traditional ‘Schülerkreis’ Aug. 27-29. The meeting with the Pope’s former students, which dates back to when he was a theology professor in Regensburg, Germany, will be held as usual at Castel Gandolfo and this year will focus on the hermeneutic of the Second Vatican Council: whether the Council texts represent ‘discontinuity and rupture’ with tradition or...READ MORE

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Footage of Holy Father on Vacation

07/23/2010 Comments (7)

Some rare footage of Benedict XVI during his current vacation in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome, courtesy of Rome Reports.

During his summer holiday which ends next week, the Holy Father has been working on the third volume of his book, Jesus of Nazareth. The next volume will be dedicated to the ‘Gospel Infancy Narratives’. The manuscript for the second volume on the Passion and Resurrection has been completed and is currently with translators.

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The Church's Purification Continues?

07/23/2010 Comments (4)

The cover of this week's issue of Panorama

Yet more scandalous revelations for the Church to deal with: the current issue of Italian magazine Panorama is making headlines after it conducted an undercover investigation of suspected practising homosexual priests in Rome.

In a sensationalist cover story which hit the newsstands today entitled “The Wild Nights of Gay Priests”, the article’s author, together with an accomplice who was homosexual, claims to have documented the double lives of a number of priests using a hidden camera.

The Berlusconi-owned weekly doesn’t give precise numbers of Rome priests involved, saying only that there are “numerous cases”, but it claims to have compromising evidence of three priests. In the...READ MORE

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Who's the Holy See's New Man at the UN?

07/21/2010 Comments (1)

Archbishop Chullikatt meeting King Abdullah of Jordan (Jordanian embassy, Netherlands)

The appointment on Saturday of Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt as the Holy See’s new permanent observer at the United Nations looks to have been an inspired choice by the Holy Father.

His previous postings, both at the UN and in the Middle East, appear to have primed him well for the post which will require standing up to radical feminist and pro-abortion groups in New York, as well as continuing cooperation with the UN on common issues of concern.

Originally from Bolghatty, India, Archbishop Chullikatt has been apostolic nuncio to Iraq and Jordan since 2006, during which time he fought hard to protect Christians in the region from persecution. He was particularly outspoken earlier...READ MORE

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Drawing the Line on Scandals in the Church

07/19/2010 Comments (11)

Hardly a week has gone by this year without the Holy Father having to deal with some crisis or scandal. He has had the clerical sex abuse scandals of course, but also ongoing corruption allegations involving a few Vatican officials, some very senior.

And we are told more revelations are to come.

As a Catholic journalist, it’s made me wonder how much scandal, particularly in the Vatican, do we need to know? To what extent is disclosing them beneficial to the Church and the building up of each person’s faith? And how much should scandalous revelations be shared outside the family of the Church?

The danger of reporting on the sins of those within the Church is, of course, that not only...READ MORE

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Vatican Releases Revised Norms on Clerical Sex Abuse

07/15/2010 Comment

The Vatican today published revised canonical norms that deal with the crimes of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy.

Many of the innovations had already been made known through various unofficial Vatican sources, but some unexpected revisions were revealed today, all of which are aimed at speeding up legal processes and making them more efficient.

These include making it easier to laicize priests found guilty of such crimes, admitting lay people onto tribunal staff and extending the statute of limitations from 10 to 20 years (and possibly longer). The document also introduces paedophile pornography as a delicta graviora, and it establishes parity between the abuse of...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