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Pope Francis recently answered a Lutheran woman’s question regarding the possibility of her taking Communion with her Catholic husband at Mass. His remarks, which he made at an ecumenical meeting in a Lutheran church, have raised eyebrows. You can read them online here. Another translation is here. You can also watch the exchange in Italian […]

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The German-speaking members of the Synod of Bishops have made a report which some are touting as a breakthrough for the proposal to give Communion to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. What did they really say, and what significance does it have? Here’s what we know at present . . .   1) What was […]

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There is a good bit of conversation about how conscience may play a role in the question of whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics can receive Holy Communion. For example, Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich discussed the subject at a press briefing in Rome during the synod of bishops. What the archbishop said or was trying […]

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Remarks made by a key official at the opening of the current Synod of Bishops seem cool to the idea that there will be a change in the Church’s doctrine and practice regarding the divorced and civilly remarried. This comes as heartening news to supporters of the Church’s historic doctrine and discipline. Here are 9 […]

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On September 8, the Holy See released a pair of documents by Pope Francis which reform the way in which the Church handles annulments. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .   1) What is an annulment? Is it the same thing as a divorce? An annulment (formally known as a […]

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Pope Francis recently gave a general audience in which he discussed the situation of those who have divorced and remarried without an annulment. His remarks are particularly significant in light of the upcoming Synod on the Family and the proposals to give Holy Communion to those in this situation. They also attracted attention because he […]

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There is a classic passage in the final chapter of Mark’s Gospel, where we read: And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:15-16]. Christians through […]

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Since Benedict XVI resigned from the papacy and began his retirement in seclusion, he has said nothing publicly. There’s a very good reason for that, and that’s why the most recent thing he’s written is so amazing. He’s just publicly weighed in on Cardinal Kasper’s proposal to give Holy Communion to divorced and civilly remarried […]

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The last couple of days have brought some good news from the current synod of bishops on the family. Where things are going is still far from certain and there is still reason for concern, but there have been a number of welcoming signs. Here are 12 things to know and share . . . […]

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Most Catholics have never even heard of the “law of gradualness,” but it became big news this week at the Synod on the Family. What is the law of gradualness, and what role does it play in Catholic thought? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What is the […]

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