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Pope Francis: Faith a Criterion in Investigating a Marriage’s Validity (2369)

In an address today to the Roman Rota, the Pope highlighted ‘the human and cultural context in which matrimonial intention is formed.’

01/23/2015 Comments (3)

Members of the Roma Rota greet Pope Francis Jan. 23 at the Vatican.

– ctvva

VATICAN CITY — In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith, Pope Francis said on Friday.

Pope Francis opened the judicial year of the Roman Rota, the highest appellate tribunal of the Church, addressing them Jan. 23.

Among its competencies, the Rota is the highest appellate court for cases of the declaration of nullity of marriages, and this is why Pope Francis' address was a reflection on “the human and cultural context in which matrimonial intention is formed.”

In his speech, Pope Francis maintained that an understanding of the nature of marriage is a criterion by which to judge...READ MORE

Filed under annulments, benedict xvi, evangelii gaudium, marriage, nullity of marriages, pope francis, roman rota

Spiritual Direction From the Angelic Doctor (1168)

Book Pick: Practical Theology

01/23/2015 Comment


Spiritual Direction from Saint Thomas Aquinas

By Peter Kreeft

Ignatius Press, 2014

366 pages, $21.95

To order: ignatius.com

(800) 651-1531


Editor’s Note: Listen to Practical Theology's author, Peter Kreeft, on this week's Register Radio.


St. Thomas Aquinas wrote his Summa Theologiae for “beginners” in the study of theology, but his daunting opus scares off many readers. 

Dominican Walter Farrell did a superb job putting its ideas into modern language more than 70 years ago, but today’s adult Catholics need their own companion to the Summa.

Peter Kreeft’s Practical Theology can help fill that need.

Kreeft, who teaches philosophy at Boston College, culls...READ MORE

Filed under angelic doctor, catholic, john grondelski, peter kreeft, practical theology, spiritual life, spirituality, st. thomas aquinas, summa theologiae, theology

Sainthood Cause of American Priest Among Those Advanced by Pope (1021)

Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz, who died of ALS after years of service to the poor and needy in Asia, named ‘Venerable’ due to his life of heroic virtue.

01/23/2015 Comment
CNA/Photo courtesy of Holy Name Catholic Church, Washington

Venerable Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz

– CNA/Photo courtesy of Holy Name Catholic Church, Washington

VATICAN CITY — Servant of God Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday. The holy individuals will be granted the title “Venerable” with the Pope’s recognition of heroic virtue.

Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

In addition to Msgr. Schwartz, six other Servants of God were recognized for heroic virtue, while three have been acknowledged as martyrs. The Pope also recognized a miracle attributed to one Italian nun.

Msgr. Schwartz, also referred to as “Father Al,” was born in...READ MORE

Filed under canonization cause, heroic virtue, venerable

The Changing Face of the Pro-Life Movement (2328)

Republicans, Democrats, feminists and atheists are all getting on board to build a culture of life.

01/23/2015 Comments (11)
2014 CNA/Addie Mena

Participants in the March for Marriage outside the Supreme Court building in Washington.

– 2014 CNA/Addie Mena

WASHINGTON — This isn’t your father’s pro-life movement. A group of young activists is challenging the pro-life stereotype so as to broaden its audience, a move it sees as necessary to achieve a “culture of life.”

“We’re seeing more and more nontraditional pro-lifers,” explained Aimee Murphy of Life Matters Journal, the leader of the newly minted Pro-Life Alliance. This coalition of groups currently includes Democrats, Republicans, feminists, secularists and atheists who all agree on one thing — the unborn child in the womb must be protected.

“Our movement is not one that is solely religious or political. It is a movement for human rights,” Murphy stated at the group’s press conference...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, atheists, catholic news agency, culture of life, democrats, feminists, human dignity, march for life 2015, matt hadro, national catholici register

Joe Lombardi’s Super Bowl and Super Faith Stories (4142)

The grandson of the legendary Green Bay Packers coach speaks of past, present and future NFL championships in light of the Catholic faith.

01/23/2015 Comments (8)
Photo courtesy of the Detroit Lions

Joe Lombardi, grandson of famed NFL coach Vince Lombardi, is the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions.

– Photo courtesy of the Detroit Lions

Not many people can say their last name is on the sterling silver trophy presented each year to the best team in the NFL. However, while Joe Lombardi is one of the few who can lay claim to that honor, he is not taken in by it. The Super Bowl trophy is named after his grandfather, Vince Lombardi, who, as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, won five NFL championships.

As quarterbacks coach of the New Orleans Saints in 2010, Joe Lombardi helped his team win the trophy named after his grandfather. Now, as offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, he hopes to win the Super Bowl again one day, but he also knows that there are more important things in life. Faith and family come before...READ MORE

Filed under catholic athletes, catholic athletes for christ, detroit lions, joe lombardi, new england patriots, nfl football, seattle seahawks, super bowl 2015, trent beattie, vince lombardi

Pope Francis Completes New Vatican Office to Address Clergy Abuse (2750)

The college of seven people will deal with the most serious crimes in the Church.

01/23/2015 Comments (1)
CNA file photo/Alan Holdren

Bishop Charles Scicluna

– CNA file photo/Alan Holdren

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday completed the membership of a new Vatican body with responsibility for dealing with clerical sex abuse, marking a further step in providing adequate procedures to insure justice for all the victims.

The body is a specific office within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that will deal with delicta graviora (grave offenses). These are the most serious crimes in the Church and most notably include offenses against morality: the sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric and the acquisition, possession or distribution of child pornography by a cleric.

The new office is established as a college of seven people, whose names were announced Jan. 21....READ MORE

Filed under abuse of the sacraments, andrea gagliarducci, bishop charles scicluna, catholic news agency, congregation for clergy, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, ewtn news, motu proprio, national catholici register, pope francis

Pro-Life Lady Apostle in Maximum Security Prison, Is Pope Francis Safe from Terrorists and More! (2542)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/23/2015 Comment

Click on Pro-Life Lady Apostle in Maximum Security Prison and No One Cares by Susan E. Wills of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

Pro-Life Lady Apostle in Maximum Security Prison and No One Cares by Susan E. Wills of Aleteia∝ - BigPulpit.com

Is Pope Francis Safe from Terrorists? - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Beyond the Bumper Stickers: Five Reasons I Am Pro-Life - Tatiana Federoff, Epic Pew

Is A Lavish Wedding a Prelude to Divorce? - Susan E. Wills, Aleteia∝

Dealing with Anti-Catholicism - Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

The Beauty of Catholic Order - R. J. Snell, Crisis Magazine

Pal Jesus Won’t Save You - Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Art of Catholic Charity – Amanda Hupka, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Was Your Marriage “Meant to Be”? - Anabelle Hazard, Catholic Stand

Answering Dr. Ed...READ MORE

Filed under adultery, beauty, canada, catholic order, charity, devil, divorce, dr. ed peters, epic pew, fornication

Pope Francis on China: ‘I Am Ready to Go There’ (2329)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The Pope signaled his openness to dialogue with the Asian superpower while flying through Chinese airspace on his way back to Rome, but Vatican-China relations remain difficult.

01/22/2015 Comments (3)

A Cathoilc church in Cizhong, Yunnan Province, China

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — At the end of 2014, when Pope Francis chose not to meet with the Dalai Lama, while the Tibetan spiritual leader was in Rome for a meeting of Nobel laureates, the decision was attributed to the Holy See’s fear of antagonizing China.

But during a Jan. 19 in-flight press conference after the close of his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis insisted that he was open to a future meeting with the Dalai Lama, and thus media commentators were wrong to have framed his failure to label a December meeting with the Tibetan leader as a  “snub.”

“Some newspapers said that I did not meet with him out of fear of China,” Pope Francis noted during his airborne press conference.

“This is...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, bishop ma, china, chinese catholic patriotic association, dalai lama, francis rooney, joan frawley desmond, lettter to the church in china, nina shea, pope francis

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