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‘Amoris Laetitia’ Contains Many (Orthodox) Possibilities of Pastoral Care (1628)

COMMENTARY: According to the document’s own testimony, Pope Francis does not want to make clear decisions. The exhortation sets other priorities.

04/26/2016 Comments (7)

In his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (Love in the Family), Pope Francis sums up the results of the two synods on the family of 2014 and 2015.

When it comes to one of the questions that were most heatedly debated, he says “No” to those who would have hoped for binding criteria to regulate the possible access of the divorced-and-civilly “remarried” to Communion (Cardinal Walter Kasper, The Gospel of the Family, p. 52).

It is not unlikely that Pope Francis was thinking precisely of this matter when he wrote: “Not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by interventions of the magisterium” (AL, 3). According to its own testimony, then,...READ MORE

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‘Amoris Laetitia’ Offers Marriage Motivation (2987)

EDITORIAL: U.S. bishops discuss the Christian vision of marriage that pervades papal document.

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After a two-year synodal process punctuated by both euphoric and dire predictions of a “revolution” in Church discipline regarding reception of Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics, the faithful had reason to hope that the April 8 release of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (Love in the Family) would finally offer time for much-needed reflection.

The Pope himself directed his flock to switch off from social media and patiently read the 256-page document, informally named “The Joy of Love,” a suggestion echoed by U.S. bishops in statements following the release of the exhortation and in interviews with the Register.

“The first sentence of the document — ‘The...READ MORE

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St. Louis Auxiliary Named New Bishop of Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (2518)

On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Bishop Edward Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of a Missouri diocese.

04/26/2016 Comment

Bishop Edward Rice

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VATICAN CITY — On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Bishop Edward Rice of St. Louis has been tapped by Pope Francis to take charge of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau diocese in Missouri.

It is an appointment that moved Bishop Rice, who said in an April 26 press release, “I am humbled by the confidence of the Holy Father, and I am grateful for his support in appointing me the seventh bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.”

He extended to Pope Francis “the prayers and love” of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s clergy, religious and laity and voiced his excitement to work alongside his fellow priests in “spreading the beauty of our Catholic faith in the spirit of the New...READ MORE

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Is There a ‘Profound Change’ Between Rome and the SSPX? (7874)

Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of St. Pius X regular canonical status within the Church

04/26/2016 Comments (40)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of St. Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree.

It also appears the SSPX may itself be poised to take such a historic step, urging that “perhaps only Pope Francis is able to take this step, given his unpredictability and improvisation,” according to an internal SSPX document that was leaked to the press in recent weeks.

The memo, titled “Considerations on the Church and the Position of the Society of St. Pius X in It,” outlines six reasons why the group should accept an offer of regularization by Pope Francis, provided...READ MORE

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Report Details Culture of ‘Absolute Obedience’ at Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (1192)

An ethics commission investigated the allegations of abuses committed by Luis Fernando Figari, who founded the Catholic society in Peru in 1971.

04/25/2016 Comments (2)

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LIMA, Peru — An ethics commission created to investigate and offer proposals surrounding accusations of abuse against the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has released its report, which detailed an internal culture of extreme “discipline and obedience to the founder.”

This culture was “forged on the basis of extreme physical demands, as well as physical punishments, constituting abuses which violated the fundamental rights of persons,” the commission wrote in its April 16 report.

The Ethics Commission for Justice and Reconciliation was formed in November 2015 at the request of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae. It is formed of two lawyers, a bishop, a psychiatrist, and a...READ MORE

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Pope to Teens: Jesus Is the Joy of Your Christian Identity (1778)

Sunday Mass was preceded by the Holy Father hearing confessions of young people in St. Peter’s Square as part of the weekend’s ‘Jubilee for Boys and Girls.’

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Pope Francis hears confession of a teen on April 23 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday heard the confessions of young people in St. Peter’s Square as part of the weekend’s “Jubilee for Boys and Girls.”

Sitting on simple chairs out in the open along with other priests just within the square’s colonnade, the Pope offered the sacrament of reconciliation to 16 boys and girls between 11:30am and 12:45pm, the Vatican Press Office said. More than 150 priests were in the square to hear confessions, according to Vatican Radio.

This is not the first time Pope Francis has heard the confessions of pilgrims. Most recently, the Pope took part in a penance service during the March 4 “24 Hours for the Lord.”

The event began at 11am on April 23, with...READ MORE

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Religious-Freedom Commission Approves List of 10 ‘Countries of Particular Concern’ (1947)

Robert George, the commission’s chairman, said on April 20, ‘The CPC designation brings with it a unique toolbox of policy options to effectively promote religious freedom, and USCIRF encourages the administration to use these tools.’

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WASHINGTON — Religious-freedom leaders applauded the U.S. State Department’s recent re-designation of nine countries, and the inclusion of one more, as the worst situations for religious freedom, but urged the agency to do more.

After the State Department on April 14 added Tajikistan to its “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPCs) list, keeping the nine countries already on the list, the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said it “welcomes the designation of these 10 countries.”

The countries already on the list were Burma, China, North Korea, Eritrea, Uzbekistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan and Sudan.

A “country of particular concern” is a term used by...READ MORE

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Ecuador’s Consolation: Mary Statue Stands Untouched by Devastating Earthquake (3149)

The amazing preservation of the statue of Our Lady of Light has given comfort to the Latin American nation where hundreds have been killed by one of the worst earthquakes in living memory.

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Courtesy of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

Statue of Mary found amid rubble from the Earthquake in Ecuador on April 16, 2016.

– Courtesy of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Everything collapsed around it, but the glass case with the statue of Our Lady of Light remained intact after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on April 16.

The statue was housed at the Leonie Aviat school in the Tarqui administrative district in Manta Canton, Ecuador, one of the areas most strongly affected by the earthquake.

The Oblates have been working in this school since 1960 and had more than 900 students enrolled for this school year.

The earthquake, which was declared the worst in Ecuador in approximately 70 years, left 600 people dead and thousands more injured.

Sister Patricia Esperanza, a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales community...READ MORE

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