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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People May 2016

Mother Angelica lies in repose March 29 at the the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala. Mother Angelica, who founded the Eternal Word Television Network and turned it into one of the world's largest religious media operations, died March 27 at age 92. (CNS photo/Jeff Bruno, EWTN) See OBIT-MOTHER-ANGELICA March 28, 2016, and MOTHER-ANGELICA-DEATH-REACT March 30, 2016.

The Vatican Remembers the “Unconventionally Angelic” Mother Angelica After the death of Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, on March 27 (Easter Sunday), many in and around the Vatican praised the bold nun’s courageous witness at a time of crisis in the Church, and expressed their appreciation for the work EWTN continues to do. Pope Francis […]

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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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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: 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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Journalist Defends His Actions in “Vatileaks” Trial

Journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, center, walk to their trial April 6 at the Vatican. Nuzzi and Fittipaldi are accused by the Vatican of soliciting the documents and exercising pressure on the defendants, especially Msgr. Vallejo Balda. (CNS photo/Remo Casilli, Reuters) See VATILEAKS-NUZZI April 13, 2016.

“When I come across news, it is my job to publish it,” says one of two journalists accused of “soliciting documents” and “exercising pressure” on Vatican officials to obtain the documents. The trial continues…. An Italian journalist said he was given private documents by a Vatican official detailing problems with financial reforms and that he […]

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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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“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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The Sorrow at the Heart of “The Joy of Love”

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Francis in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) has written a hymn to the joy that the lasting love between a man and a woman in marriage brings. But this love can grow cold, and sorrow over this failure is at the heart of The Joy of Love. And this has led to controversy The […]

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Power Struggle in Vatican City

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney greets Pope Francis during his audience with cardinals March 15 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano) (April 9, 2013)

A financial battle is raging inside the Vatican. At the center of the conflict is Australian Cardinal George Pell, brought to Rome by Pope Francis to oversee the Vatican’s financial reforms. Now Pell faces tough opposition… Is Cardinal George Pell’s reform of the Vatican’s finances in trouble? It seems so. A headline in a major […]

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