No Real Mercy Can Exist Unmoored From Truth

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“It would be a mistake to misread the compassionate spirit of Amoris Laetitia as a license to ignore Christian truth” We live in an age when people’s nerves are rubbed raw by information they don’t like, don’t trust and very often don’t need. We drown in ads, lobbying and a politics of malice. Meanwhile, really vital, life-giving […]

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How to Interpret Amoris Laetitia

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A moral theologian sets forth a closely reasoned guide to the development of moral doctrine In the exhortation Amoris Lætitia, the most controversial question is the one concerning Communion for the divorced and remarried, which however is never expressly mentioned. It must be noted that above all, in the eighth chapter the language is at […]

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The Law Before Amoris Is the Law After

Pope Francis blesses a family Sept. 19 during a special audience with participants at a meeting for the new evangelization in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) See POPE-EVANGELIZATION Sept. 19, 2014.

Holy Communion is to be withheld from divorced-and-remarried Ca­tho­lics in virtue of Canon 915 which, as has been explained countless times, does not require Catholic ministers to read the souls of would-be communicants, but rather, directs ministers to withhold holy Communion from those who, as an external and observable matter, “obstinately persevere in manifest grave […]

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The Debate Intensifies

Throughout the Church, there is intense debate over the new Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”). Some see it as a “rupture” with the Church’s doctrinal tradition, while others say that isn’t true… “My great joy as a result of this document resides in the fact that it coherently overcomes […]

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Food For Thought

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During the Middle Ages, Campo de’ Fiori (“Field of Flowers”), today Rome’s oldest open-air fruit-and-vegetable market, was the commercial and touristic center of the city as well as the site of public executions. The most notorious was that of the Dominican poet, philosopher, mathematician and astrologer Giordano Bruno, burned at the stake in 1600. Bruno’s […]

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Vatican Watch April 2016

Syrian refugees walk through the Za'atri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq Aug. 30. The U.N. refugee agency said that 100,000 refugees fled Syria to neighboring countries in August, the highest monthly toll since the crisis began. (CNS photo/Majed Jaber, Reuters) (Sept. 4, 2012)movement.

APRIL FRIDAY 1 Pope Francis Sends Vestments, Financial Aid to Iraqi Christians As a sign of affection and closeness, Pope Francis has decided to send vestments used in the liturgy and a financial donation to Christian refugees in Erbil through the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need. “Mercy invites us to bend […]

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The Stone Churches of Matera

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Matera is a small town in southern Italy famous for two things: its astonishing rock churches (named a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1993) and its poverty. There is hardly an electric light or a wire in sight. The panorama, the hollow cave-rooms gaping like empty eye sockets and shadowy rupestral churches still decorated with […]

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Two Years to Reorganize Vatican Communications

Pope Francis uses a tablet to officially open online registration for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland. He did this during the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican July 26. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via EPA) See POPE-ANGELUS July 27, 2015.

Monsignor Viganò, from January 22, 2013 to December 21, 2015, you were the director of the “Pope’s Television Network,” the CTV (“Centro Televisivo Vaticano”). And on June 27, 2015, you also received quite a 53rd birthday present: your nomination as prefect of the newly-formed Communications Secretariat, with the task of reorganizing the Holy See’s composite […]

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Correggio and Parmigianino

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Art in Parma in the 16th Century For the general exhibition-going public, Italian Renaissance art — and especially the art of the 16th century — tends to revolve around three great centers: Florence, Venice, and Rome. Instead, “Correggio and Parmigianino” — on at Rome’s Scuderie until June 26th — aims to celebrate a remarkable yet […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: News from the East

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Endangered Jesus Tomb Unites Rival Catholic, Orthodox Churches in $3.4 Million Restoration Project Three Christian traditions recently put aside their long-standing theological differences and agreed to partner to save the endangered holy place where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected in Jerusalem. Members of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and the Armenian Orthodox Churches have […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: The Liturgical Year

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Why is the Great Pascha on a Different Date than Easter? This year the Orthodox Church celebrated the Great Pascha, their Easter, on May 1, several weeks after the rest of the Christian world celebrated Easter. This feast is preceded by a Holy Week similar to the Catholic one, and has the same meaning and […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: Spirituality, The Orthodox Saints Speak

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Reflecting on Mary’s Blessedness through the Annunciation Thou knowest, O Mary, things kept hid from the patriarchs and prophets. Thou hast learned, O virgin, things which were kept concealed till now from the angels. Thou hast heard, O purest one, things of which even the choir of inspired men was never deemed worthy. Moses, and […]

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Urbi et Orbi Section: The Message of the Icon

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The Third Finding of the Head of John the Baptist Along with the lance of Longinus, the head of John the Baptist has a history worthy of an Indiana Jones saga. The Eastern Churches also celebrate the first and second findings in separate feasts. The feasts are celebrated liturgically, of course, but also with the […]

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The Mystery of Man

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Human beings are a composite of mortal body and immortal soul. At the moment of death, that composite is torn asunder… and yet we remain ourselves. Part two of a reflection on human nature by the great Belgian philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand Let us now turn to an historic fact that had an enormous […]

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Unspinning Amoris Laetitia

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The “received wisdom” is that the Pope’s document is about Communion for the divorced and remarried, but is it really so? You could be forgiven for having decided that Amoris Laetitia is a failed document. If you accept, as it seems to be the received wisdom to do, that its purpose is to resolve the […]

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Door Is Open for Those Who Want Healing…

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…but not for those who want to “circumvent Church teaching” As I started to sift through the coverage of Amoris Laetitia, it became apparent that some selective reading and reporting had taken place, even in direct opposition to the Pope’s specific guideline: “[I]f someone flaunts an objective sin as if it were part of the […]

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“Without Putting Limits on Integration…”

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Reading Amoris Laetitia: The Structure and Meaning of the Post-Synod Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis The exhortation incorporates from the synodal document the path of discernment of individual cases without putting limits on integration, as appeared in the past. It declares, moreover, that it cannot be denied that in some circumstances “imputability and responsibility for […]

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“A Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church”

U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke stands with his crosier as he celebrates a Mass of thanksgiving at the Pontifical North American College in Rome Nov. 22. (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo) (Nov. 22, 2010) See CARDINALS-CONSISTORY (UPDATED) Nov. 22, 2010.

Cardinal Burke says a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, by its very nature, does not propose new doctrine and discipline, but applies the perennial doctrine and discipline of the Church to the situation of the world at the present time The secular media and even some Catholic media are describing the recently-issued post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “Love […]

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“True Innovations but Not Ruptures” Cardinal Christoph Schönborn Presents Amoris Laetitia

Cardinal John Henry Newman, who was one of the great intellectual minds of the Catholic Church in the 19th century, is seen in a portrait in a church in Rome. Deacon John Sullivan, 70, of Marshfield, Mass., says his healing from a debilitating spinal condition was due to the miraculous intercession of Cardinal Newman. (CNS photo from Crosiers) (April 30, 2009) See DEACON-NEWMAN April 30, 2009.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that Pope Francis’ summary document of the synods on the family, Amoris Laetitia, does not change the Church’s teaching but represents a development of doctrine, in continuity with previous Popes and the Church’s magisterium. Asked by Aleteia at today’s press conference whether the entirety of John Paul II’s teaching on […]

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Marriage and the Family: An Encouragement to the Joy of Love

8/04/2016 Vatican City. Press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia", on love in the family, in the Holy See Press Office. Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., Archbishop of Vienna. Photo Grzegorz Galazka.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn gave the official presentation of the text at the April 8 press conference in Rome. The Pope chose Schönborn for this task because he is a Dominican (i.e., a follower of the great medieval Dominican, St. Thomas Aquinas) and because he played a key role in drafting the Catechism The evening of […]

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