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Amoris Laetitia’s Language of “Accompaniment” Is Nothing New

Pope Francis greets a couple at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican January 8 (CNS photo/Paul Haring) The language of accompaniment is nothing new to the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, released to the public April 10, nor even to the pontificate of Pope Francis. In his [...]

By |2016-06-01T15:26:39+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , , |

No Real Mercy Can Exist Unmoored From Truth

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput shows Pope Francis the material prepared for the Diocese of Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families that took place in Pennsylvania in September 2015 “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 [...]

How to Interpret Amoris Laetitia

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 times [...]

By |2016-06-01T14:53:30+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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) 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 [...]

By |2016-06-01T14:09:31+00:00Jun 1st, 2016|Categories: Dossier|Tags: , , , |

From the Domus Santa Marta: The Words of Pope Francis

There is a story in the Old Testament in which poisonous snakes keep hurting the Israelites. When Moses prayed for the people, God had him sculpt a bronze image of the very same snake, which the sick could look upon and in so looking, be healed. During his morning meditation, Pope Francis considered how strange that [...]

Vatican Watch April 2016

APRIL FRIDAY 1 Pope Francis Sends Vestments, Financial Aid to Iraqi Christians Bishop Francesco Cavina 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 [...]

By |2018-02-27T10:31:45+00:00May 1st, 2016|Categories: Vatican Watch|Tags: , , , , |

People May 2016

Mother Angelica lies in repose March 29 at the the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama (CNS photo/Jeff Bruno, EWTN) 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 [...]

By |2016-05-01T20:51:01+00:00May 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Urbi et Orbi Section: News from the East

The small structure inside the Church of the Holy Sephulcher in Jerusalem which encloses the tomb of Jesus 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 [...]

Urbi et Orbi Section: The Liturgical Year

Icon of the Resurrection 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 [...]

Urbi et Orbi Section: Spirituality, The Orthodox Saints Speak

Icon of Mary 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 [...]

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