Photo Credit | Archdiocese of Warsaw Letter #154, 2023, Wed, Nov 15: Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki We send out below an interview of rare clarity, insight and calm wisdom. It was published two days ago by Catholic World Report and is quickly going viral on the internet. The interview is with a prominent Synod [...]
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Letter #153, 2023, Wed, Nov 15: Freemasonry Freemasonry is again in the Catholic Church’s spotlight. Even after 300 years of the Church’s repeated condemnation of Freemasonry as incompatible with the Roman Catholic faith, many continue to be drawn into its rituals and teachings in various parts of the world. This time it is in the [...]
Bishop Joseph E. Strickland Letter #152, 2023, Monday, November 13: Bishop Strickland The embattled Bishop Joseph Strickland, 65, the first native-born Texan to head the Diocese of Tyler, in mostly-Protestant eastern Texas, was relieved of the leadership of his see by Pope Francis on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Removing a bishop is rare. [...]
Above, the late Marie Czernin, of Austria, who passed away after a long battle with cancer on October 28, 2022, one year ago, at the age of 51. (link and link) Below, the Japanese violinist Tomoko Mayeda, who performed a concert in Marie's memory in Assisi, Italy, on October 29, two days ago. Paul Badura-Skoda [...]
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, 75, named in 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, now called the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith -- a post which made him the chief doctrinal official of the Catholic Church. He was present at the Synod, and has just [...]
Bishop Domenico Sorrentino, 75, of Assisi, Italy. In sorrow over the tragic violence in the Holy Land, he, like Cardinal Pizzaballa of Jerusalem, has expressed a willingness to offer himself as a hostage in exchange for the freedom of the more than 200 Israelis taken hostage on October 7 by Hamas, if it would help [...]
Letter #148, 2023, Wednesday, October 25: Francis Here is the text of the address of Pope Francis to the Synod on Synodality this morning, October 25. I mentioned in my last letter that I would include this text in full, then included only a brief excerpt. So here, as a type of amendment to that [...]
At 5 p.m. this afternoon, Rome time, the Vatican Press Office released the text of the "Letter of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God." This is the first official document to be issued from this Synod on Synodality. Here below is the complete text of this [...]