- Sep 18, 2020
On “The Crux of the Matter,” a weekly radio show on the Catholic Channel, Sirius XM 129, Crux’s Austen Ivereigh, Charles Collins and John Allen discussed a possible “summer surprise” from Pope Francis – floating a social encyclial a new Marian dogma, and a changing of the guard at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith respectively.
Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says ‘Amoris Laetitia’ only allows divorced and remarried access to the sacraments of Communion and Reconciliation “if they are ready to live as sisters and brothers,” and refrain from sexual relations.
German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recently had controversial things to say both about ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ the pope’s document on the family, and on female deacons. The fact few have reacted confirms a key insight about Pope Francis, which is that his network of informal advisers is far more important than organizational charts.
Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the Superior General of the worldwide Jesuit order, spoke to an Italian news program on Sunday to reject charges that he was ‘relativizing’ the Gospels or committing doctrinal heresy when he suggested in February that the words of Jesus on marriage in the New Testament have to be ‘contextualized.’
Letters written in 2011 by then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, today Pope Francis, which have been unearthed and aired by Swedish television, confirm what people close to the pontiff already knew — that over the course of his career, he’s tried several times to bring the breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X back into the fold.
The Vatican has announced a way for the marriages of the traditionalist Society St. Pius X – which is not in full communion with the rest of the Church – to have their marriages recognized by the Church. It is the latest move in a decades-long attempt to bring the group into full unity.