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  • Pope to Catholic politicians: Let Church teaching influence your work

    Pope to Catholic politicians: Let Church teaching influence your work

    Speaking to a network of Catholic politicians, Pope Francis asked them to promulgate and apply laws that build bridges of dialogue between diverse political perspectives, particularly when their purpose is to promote greater care for the defenseless and the marginalized, “especially towards the many who are forced to leave their homeland.”

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  • Cardinal Schönborn: Moral theology needs both principles and prudence

    Cardinal Schönborn: Moral theology needs both principles and prudence

    Pope Francis has declared Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna to be the “authoritative interpreter” of ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ the papal document on marriage and family. Schönborn spent hours explaining it during a visit to Ireland this week.

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  • A traumatized church in Austria still has some capital in the bank

    A traumatized church in Austria still has some capital in the bank

    Twenty years ago, Catholicism in Austria was in crisis, with bitter internal divisions exacerbating the toll of centuries of intense secularization. Today things seem far calmer, and, despite it all, the Church in Austria still retains a unique capacity to bring diverse people together and put them into serious conversation about things that matter.

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  • In Catholic terms, anyway, US/Europe ties seem in good shape

    In Catholic terms, anyway, US/Europe ties seem in good shape

    At a time when political ties between the United States and Europe seem to be unraveling, exacerbated by Trump’s recent decision to abandon the Paris climate change agreement, there’s a case to be made that in Catholic terms, the “Atlantic alliance” is actually strong and getting stronger.

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  • Forget ‘Left v. Right’ — look for ‘bright’ and ‘Catholic,’ cardinal says

    Forget ‘Left v. Right’ — look for ‘bright’ and ‘Catholic,’ cardinal says

    Early in his career, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, was seen as a conservative protégé of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, while today he’s mostly viewed as a progressive ally of Pope Francis. Rather than any fundamental shift in himself or the Church, Schönborn says, what that illustrates is the inadequacy of the categories of ‘left v. right’ to begin with.

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  • Key papal ally says ‘Amoris’ means tougher line on divorce in the West

    Key papal ally says ‘Amoris’ means tougher line on divorce in the West

    Although some critics of Pope Francis worry that the cautious opening to Communion for divorced and civilly remarried believers in his document ‘Amoris Laetitia’ signals a more permissive stance on the breakdown of marriage, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn says that if the document is taken seriously, its call to discernment in the West will actually counteract an overly “lax” tendency.

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