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Communion to Divorced-Remarried Catholics: The CDF Says No (15378)


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Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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That Pope Francis is not going to change the discipline that denies Communion to divorced-remarried people is established by the long article Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, drafted for the Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

In the article, published on Oct. 22, Archbishop Müller reiterates that a Christian marriage is indissoluble and that this is not simply a pastoral question, but a doctrinal issue that involves the Church’s theological understanding of the sacrament of marriage.

There are also other key passages. Archbishop Müller stated that the Orthodox practice of allowing second or third marriages under...READ MORE

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Pope: Sacrament of Confession Isn’t a ‘Torture Chamber’ (3713)

In his Oct. 25 Mass homily, the Holy Father provides relevant direction about recourse to the sacrament of reconciliation.

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VATICAN CITY — During his daily Mass, Pope Francis centered his homily on the sacrament of reconciliation, stressing that sin is an everyday struggle that requires accountability through “face-to-face” contact.

“Confessing our sins is not going to a psychiatrist or to a torture chamber: It’s saying to the Lord, ‘Lord, I am a sinner,’ but saying it through the brother [a priest], because this says it concretely. ‘I am sinner because of this, that and the other thing.’”

The Pope offered his Oct. 25 reflections to those gathered in the chapel of the St. Martha guesthouse, where he has chosen to reside.

Pope Francis opened his homily by reflecting how, for many believing adults, the...READ MORE

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New Book Details Benedict XVI’s Love for Nature, Ecology (3697)

For an Ecology of Man is newly published in Italian by the Vatican Publishing House.

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VATICAN CITY — For an Ecology of Man, a new book collecting Benedict XVI’s speeches on ecology and humanity’s relationship with nature, reveals his love and concern for nature and animals, according to the emeritus pope’s once-private secretary.

“In the book, Benedict writes that man, if he is to have a heart for peace, must have an awareness of the connection between natural ecology and human ecology,” Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, who is now Pope Francis’ private secretary, told Vatican Radio in an Oct. 19 interview.

“There emerges an inseparable link between peace for creation and peace among men,” he added.

Msgr. Xuereb presented For an Ecology of Man,” newly published in Italian by the...READ MORE

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Catholic Athletes for Christ Stresses the Mind-Body-Soul Link (3707)

Group immerses athletes, young and old, in ‘running the race marked out for us.’

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Children run during a Vatican sports event on Oct. 20.

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VATICAN CITY — In light of recent events at the Vatican honoring the bond of sports and faith, one Catholic organization revealed its goal to both evangelize through sports, as well as form athletes on an integral level.

“We work to support athletes by providing them the sacraments; and once they are properly catechized and formed, we encourage them and try to promote them to go out and try to share the Good News, to share their faith, as applied in their sport — and that's our evangelization component,” Ray McKenna said in an Oct. 20 interview.

McKenna is the founder and president of Catholic Athletes for Christ, which was formed as a response to Blessed John Paul II's call to...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Confronts Scandal (10433)

Archbishop Nienstedt creates a new task force, after a former chancellor alleges negligence in the handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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MINNEAPOLIS — In 2002, Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul and Minneapolis spearheaded the passage of the 2002 “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” the U.S. bishops’ landmark effort to overcome a scandalous legacy of clergy sexual abuse of minors and failed episcopal oversight.

Archbishop Flynn, who once chaired the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse, retired in 2008, but his successor, Archbishop John Nienstedt, now faces allegations that diocesan leaders, past and present, failed to remove troubled priests from ministry and to report suspected possession of child pornography. The archbishop has now called for an independent review of archdiocesan...READ MORE

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I Find Your Lack of Faith Invalidating, The Power of the Religious Habit, Search for Truth and More! (3951)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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“I Find Your Lack of Faith . . . Invalidating”. Follow the link via Fr. Z’s Blog to read more.

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“I Find Your Lack of Faith . . . Invalidating” via Fr. Z’s Blog - BigPulpit.com

The Power of the Religious Habit: A True Story - John Ballentine, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Search For Truth – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Why Fix Your Hair If You’re Wearing a Veil? - Birgit Jones, Designs by Birgit

Orthodox Demonology 101 – Byz Pulpit

Religion & the Foundations of Morality – Kenneth W. Kemp, Public Discourse

Thank God It’s Friday - Gabriel Garnica JD, Catholic Stand

Newman Guide College’s Fuel Appreciation for Sacred Music – Kelly Conroy, Catholic Education Daily

Vatican Announcement on Divorced & Remarried Catholics – BigPulpit.com

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Jesus ‘Still a Prisoner,’ Pope Tells Jail Chaplains (1981)

‘No cell is so isolated that it may exclude the Lord,’ the Holy Father declared.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis met with 200 Italian prison chaplains on Oct. 23, asking them to tell the imprisoned that they are in his prayers and to remind them that Jesus Christ is with them.

“Tell them that I pray for them, I pray to the Lord and to the Virgin that they may positively overcome this difficult period in their lives, and that they are not discouraged, that they do not close themselves up, because the Lord is near them,” he said Oct. 23 at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall.

“No cell is so isolated that it may exclude the Lord,” he added.

“He does not stay outside their cells, but instead he is inside with them. He too is still a prisoner, even today. He is a prisoner of our...READ MORE

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German Bishop Takes Leave While Diocesan Audit Is Conducted (5156)

Media reports have criticized the expense of a remodeling and building project that was authorized by the previous bishop of Limburg.

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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has asked a German bishop to take a temporary leave of absence while a commission looks into allegations of excessive spending in his diocese.

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, of the Diocese of Limburg near Frankfurt, has been at the focus of allegations of approving an expensive remodeling and building project that included the bishop’s residence. According to some estimates, the total amount could be as much as $40 million.

Der Spiegel magazine described the new building as a “monstrous luxury complex,” but the publication erroneously reported that it was built “according to the wishes” of Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, when, in fact, his predecessor,...READ MORE

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