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During his recent plane flight back from Armenia, Pope Francis gave a press conference in which he discussed a number of issues, including the question of whether Catholics should apologize to homosexuals. Here are 6 things to know and share . . .   1) Where can I read the full text of the press […]

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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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Pope Francis has agreed to create a commission to study the possibility of women deacons. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What has happened? On Thursday, May 12, Pope Francis was meeting with a group of women religious who asked him about the possibility of creating a commission […]

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Pope Francis’s much anticipated document on the family has now been released. Here are 12 things to know and share . . .   1) What are the basic facts about the document? It is called Amoris Laetitia (Latin, “the joy of love”), and it is what is known as a “post-synodal apostolic exhortation.” An […]

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Have you ever felt someone was preaching at you under the guise of praying to God? Did it turn you off? Make you feel manipulated? You were right.   That We May What? Many dioceses are currently conducting their annual Catholic appeal for various diocesan needs. Fine. They need to do that. But the way […]

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The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads: A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. This amendment, along with the various interpretations given to its opening clause, guarantees that gun ownership will be a perennial […]

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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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The Holy See has released a new document dealing with the Jewish people, salvation, and evangelization. Here are 9 things to know and share . . .   1) What is the new document? It’s titled The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable (GCGI), and it was released by the Commission for Religious […]

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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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