The Pope

Cardinal Gerhard Muller has made public comments on Pope Francis’s document Amoris Laetitiae and the controversy surrounding it. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What is Amoris Laetitiae? It’s a document issued by Pope Francis in April of 2016. It deals with marriage and how the Church can […]

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Pope Francis recently made some remarks regarding invalid marriages, and I’ve received a large number of requests for comment, so here goes . . .   1) When did Pope Francis make his remarks? During a Q & A session on Thursday, June 16. He was answering questions at the opening ceremony for a diocesan […]

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In a recent post, canonist Dr. Edward Peters offers some interesting reflections on a puzzling phenomenon: Why are there statements issued by the pope and by offices at the Vatican that are expressly flagged as being “non-magisterial”? The Magisterium of the Church is its teaching office, which consists of the pope and the bishops of […]

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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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In his recent homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Pope Francis made a comment that some have leapt on as yet another outrage committed by the pope. Allegedly, Pope Francis said that Jesus was a failure. I’d provide links, but I don’t want to give the outrage mongers the traffic. I have, however, received several queries […]

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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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We are now in the period of waiting before the Holy See announces a decision regarding the reported apparitions at Medjugorje. In recent days, several developments have emerged which people have examined to see what they might reveal about that decision. One set of stories claims to know the decision reached by the Congregation for […]

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With just days to go before the release of Pope Francis’s highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, a draft copy has suddenly appeared on the Internet. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What are the basic facts about this encyclical? An encyclical is a teaching document issued by […]

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Recently I’ve received several queries about a video message that Pope Francis sent to an ecumenical gathering in Arizona. A Zenit news story implied that the pope stated that Jesus doesn’t care what kind of Christian you are. But that’s not what he said at all. Here are 9 things to know and share . […]

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