The Synod — Caffarra Up, Kasper Down?

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

Even Pope Francis is distancing himself from the latter and taking sides with the former, staying on good terms with Cardinal Müller, and promoting the African Sarah. The unyielding defenders of Catholic doctrine on marriage. “This does not resolve anything,” Pope Francis said recently with regard to the idea of giving Communion to the divorced […]

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The Lesson of the Consummate Diplomat


Lectio magistralis of Cardinal Pietro Parolin on how to build peace with diplomacy. A new “office for pontifical mediation”? A surprising offer of dialogue with Saudi Arabia. For one day, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin literally rose to the throne. He did so on Wednesday, March 11 at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he […]

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Scola: four solutions for the divorced and remarried

Cardinal Burke, right, and Cardinal Pell, left.

And the fourth is the newest: to entrust the verification of the validity of a marriage directly to the bishop or one of his delegates, in a nonjudicial forum. With the archbishop of Milan, there are now ten cardinals who have taken the field against the ideas of Cardinal Kasper. With the synod approaching, the […]

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The Thousands of Jews Saved in Churches and Convents

The front page of a newspaper close to the German SS during World War II denounces the protection received by Jews in Milan's Catholic convents.

The controversy over the “silence” of Pius XII is being reignited. But the facts speak for themselves. The Catholic Church gave refuge to a great number of Jews. With a commentary by the Italian Jewish historian Anna Foa. Fresh from a mid-January visit to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, his longtime friend and soon to be his […]

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The “Black Pope” Dressed in White

Bishop Marcello Semeraro, appointed by Pope Francis as secretary to the international commission of eight cardinals set up to advise him on reforming the Curia

He governs the Church like a Jesuit superior general. He listens, but decides on his own. Even a McKinsey man has been called in to study the reform of the Curia, which Francis wants to purify from corruption and from the “gay lobby.”   All that was missing was a guru from McKinsey to design […]

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First Holy Week for Francis

The first Holy Week of Pope Francis revealed his style even more: in celebration, in preaching, in presence. The decision to celebrate the Mass in coena Domini of Holy Thursday among the inmates of the juvenile detention facility of Casal del Marmo, washing the feet of twelve of them, including those of a Muslim young […]

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Go Forth and Baptize: The Wager of the Argentine Church

Pope Francis, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, pictured in a 2009 photo.

(From Rome, November 30, 2009) Two days ago, Benedict XVI received the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, who arrived with their respective delegations to thank the Holy See for the peaceful solution arranged twenty-five years ago by Vatican diplomacy to the territorial dispute between the two countries […]

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Servant of the Servants of God

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is pictured in an undated file photo. (CNS photo)

(From “L’Espresso” #49, November 28-December 5, 2002) Midway through November, his colleagues wanted to elect him president of the Argentinian bishops’´conference. He refused. But if there had been a conclave, it would have been difficult for him to refuse the election to the papacy, because he´is the one the cardinals would vote for resoundingly, if […]

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The Reawakening of the Church in France

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris carries a cross in the gardens of the Sacre Coeur Basilica during a Good Friday Stations of the Cross service in Paris April 10. Several thousand people participated in the uphill procession remembering the crucifixion of Jesus (CNS photo)

Its opposition to the law on homosexual marriages is finding agreement even among non-Catholics and nonbelievers. The archbishop of Paris is at the helm of the new course. (Originally publishe­d in L’Espresso magazin­e December 7)   ROME, December 7, 2012 – No one would have bet on it. But after decades of invisibility and torpor, the […]

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A Cardinal Leads Bitter Battle Over Homosexual Marriage

An interview with Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, on Prime Minister Hollande’s reform legalizing gay marriage and adoption for same-sex couples. Something extraordinary is happening in France. Against all expectations in this very secularized society, a strong movement has emerged in opposition to homosexual marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex couples (meaning […]

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­After Martini’s Death, the Battle Over His Spiritual Testament

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini during a private meeting at the Vatican on May 27, 2005. (CNS photo)

His last interview, published posthumously, has ignited the controversy. The leading authorities of the Church have ignored it, with the sole exception of Cardinal Ruini. One more reason to analyze it critically. “Cardinal Martini did not leave us a spiritual testament in the explicit sense of the word. His inheritance is entirely in his life […]

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That Sin of Sodom Which Cries Out to Heaven

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is more engaged than ever before in expanding the range of distribution of its own magisterial production. Not only has it inaugurated a new website full of documents; it has also given a mandate to Libreria Editrice Vaticana to reprint those volumes of its series “Documenti e […]

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Interview of Cardinal Jean Daniélou on Vatican Radio in 1972

Your Eminence, is there really a crisis of religious life, and can you give us its dimensions? Cardinal Jean Daniélou : I think that there is now a very grave crisis of religious life, and that one should not speak of renewal, but rather of decadence. I think that this crisis is hitting the Atlantic […]

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A Mass that Concerns the Pope

With a letter written personally to Cardinal William J. Levada, Benedict XVI has ordered the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to examine whether the Neocatechumenal Masses are or are not in keeping with the liturgical teaching and practice of the Catholic Church. A “problem,” in the Pope’s judgment, that is “of great urgency” […]

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