Amoris Laetitia Is “Totally Consistent” with Past Teachings

“Does the Pope say the divorced and civilly remarried may now be readmitted to Holy Communion? No.” The Bishop of Portsmouth, England, Philip Egan, has described the Pope’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia as a “magnificent” document, “breathtaking in scope,” and has urged everyone, “clergy and people,” to read and study it. Below we reprint excerpts from […]

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Paul VI and Catholic social thought

Pope Paul VI.

Famous for Humanae Vitae, Paul VI left us a central work for Catholic social teaching.  Paul VI is most remembered today for his important, and controversial, encyclical on the regulation of birth—Humanae Vitae—where he reaffirmed the Church’s teaching on the immorality of contraception. Yet this is clearly not his only legacy as Pope. During his […]

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Francis will not be a prisoner to public opinion, analyst says

Pope Francis greets newylweds in St. Peter’s Square at his general audience
on June 6, 2013.

Italian Vatican observer Sandro Magister has said that Pope Francis’ “formidable praise” for Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae is key to understanding his papacy’s alternating emphases of both clear doctrine and pastoral mercy. Magister, writing in his May 1 column at the secular Italian weekly L’Esp­resso, noted that the renewed controversy over Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics […]

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