The Swiss theologian censured by John Paul II died Tuesday at 93.
The head of the Rome-based ‘Slaves No More’ association discusses her organization’s efforts, inspired by Christ, to help women and girls who are sexually exploited through national and international trafficking.
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong wrote: “Pain and indignation invade my heart to hear certain incredible news: They have forbidden private masses in St. Peter’s!?”
The cardinal recalled how many saints, visiting the basilica over the centuries, have “perpetuated this beautiful tradition” and that now it is no longer possible for priests to individually celebrate Masses on altars over the tombs of saints, leaving the altars as “mere works of art.”
NEWS ANALYSIS: Sources say that two senior cardinals wanted to bring the president of the German bishops’ conference to Rome for correction regarding his recent controversial comments, but were overruled by Pope Francis.
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The document has prompted an outcry from those in the Church who wish to see a change in teaching, mostly in the German-speaking world.
‘Like a Museum’: Dead Silence in St. Peter’s Basilica as Suppression of Individual Masses Comes into Force
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the Register March 22 that the directive will have the effect of making clergy working in the Vatican “more like functionaries and with less priestly identity.”
Antwerp’s Bishop Johan Bonny said the recent CDF document on same-sex relationships “undermines the credibility of both the ‘synodal path’ advocated by Pope Francis” and the “Year of Amoris Laetitia Family”
A criminologist who was commissioned by the German bishops to investigate clergy abuse cases has alleged that the cardinal intervened to undermine his investigation.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith emphasized that blessings are sacramentals, and that as such, they can only be imparted on that which conforms to the nature of sacramentals.