- January 15, 2017
The main problem with the apparent “change by stealth” approach has become apparent. Because 'Amoris Laetitia' remains ambiguous, different bishops are issuing contradictory guidelines. Their attempts to clarify the pope’s teaching will therefore only cause more confusion and contradiction.
Pope Francis knew what he was doing in writing a document that provides few clear answers, while inviting the faithful to be concerned with the movements of the Spirit. He knows full well that life in the Spirit leads to the living of the law in its fullest, richest sense.
The fact that guidelines from bishops for the pastoral application of chapter 8 of Pope Francis's 'Amoris Laetitia' present opposite interpretations on the issue of access to the sacraments for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics confirms one truth: the argument is not yet settled.
As the country approaches the day Donald Trump becomes president, on the eve of his January 20 inauguration as the country’s 45th president, Jesuit parishes, schools and other communities plan to pray for those who fear him and will declare sanctuary status for themselves.
“I pray to the Lord that he may bestow his blessing on the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue Commission in Finland, which is working diligently toward a common sacramental understanding of the church, the Eucharist and ecclesial ministry,” the pope told members of a pilgrimage from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
‘Lussuria’ or ‘Lust,’ a new book by Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi claims that under Pope Francis, the Vatican has failed to adequately address sex abuse committed by clerics. Cardinal George Pell is implicated in the book, but the Australian cardinal’s office has dismissed the claims as motivated by opposition to reform.
According to the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee, a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people’s access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor.
Poland’s government has chosen 2017 as a Jubilee Year for the country, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the first canonical Coronation of the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also called the “Black Madonna,” that has a significant meaning for Poles and is highly venerated throughout Europe.
For too long the rhetoric of walls has existed in the world, representing division, strife and even hate. A group of German Christians was asked to prepare materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and they chose the wall as the symbol of sin and evil. On January 18-25 all Christians are called to prayer and reflection.
EWTN Global Catholic Network is launching a new half-hour weekly program focusing on promoting the culture of life. The joint project of EWTN and the Susan B. Anthony List, will feature Catherine Szeltner, formerly a correspondent of EWTN News Nightly, as its host.
“Prayer brings you to hope,” the pope said during his weekly general audience. “And when things become dark, with more prayer there will be more hope.” Pope Francis nearly lost his balance several times as pilgrims tried pulling him toward them, hoping for a hug or a blessing.
Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Peter, for ex-Anglicans, has issued a pastoral letter on ‘Amoris Laetitia’ holding that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics may receive Communion only if they commit to “complete chastity.”READ MORE
The Vatican is striking back at the Knights of Malta, rejecting attempts to discredit a papal commission investigating the ouster of a top official. In a sharply worded statement, the Holy See “reaffirms its confidence” in the panel appointed by Pope Francis to report on the “present crisis.”READ MORE
‘Lussuria’ or ‘Lust,’ a new book by Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi claims that under Pope Francis, the Vatican has failed to adequately address sex abuse committed by clerics. Cardinal George Pell is implicated in the book, but the Australian cardinal’s office has dismissed the claims as motivated by opposition to reform.READ MORE
According to the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee, a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people’s access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor.READ MORE
The New York Encounter, organized by the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, attracted more than 10,000 people to a three-day cultural gathering of presentations, exhibits and performances centered on the theme “Reality has never betrayed me.”READ MORE
Ambassador Ken Hackett, a former head of Catholic Relief Services who was pulled from retirement in 2013 to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and who’s new preparing to depart Rome, voiced optimism that “good will prevail” under the new administration and that president-elect Donald Trump will “take the best advice that’s offered to him.”READ MORE