• No-fault divorce law faces legal challenge in Nebraska

    No-fault divorce law faces legal challenge in Nebraska

    • Sep 4, 2020

    A devoutly Catholic husband who refused to grant his wife a divorce on religious grounds urged Nebraska’s highest court Thursday to overturn the state’s no-fault divorce law in a case that could leave Nebraska as the only state without a law that lets couples end their marriage without assigning blame.

  • Conscience can’t be the final arbiter on who gets Communion

    Conscience can’t be the final arbiter on who gets Communion

    • Jan 8, 2017

    Typical pastors reading ‘Amoris’ are likely to stumble into accepting its central flaw, namely, assuming that an individual Catholic’s assessment of his or her own conscience is the sole criterion that governs a minister’s decision to give holy Communion to a member of the faithful.

  • Pope okays Argentine doc on Communion for divorced and remarried

    Pope okays Argentine doc on Communion for divorced and remarried

    • Sep 12, 2016

    Although a recently published set of guidelines for implementing Pope Francis’s document on the family in Argentina may have been only preliminary, the pontiff appears to have endorsed their main conclusion, which is that Amoris Laetitia opened the door to Communion for the divorced and remarried.

  • ‘Amoris Laetitia’ at three months: Communion question still debated

    ‘Amoris Laetitia’ at three months: Communion question still debated

    • Jul 8, 2016

    In early July, three separate statements by senior Catholic prelates on the implications of Pope Francis’ recent document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, indicate that the debate it opened, especially on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, is far from resolved.

  • San Diego bishop backs pope on divorced and remarried

    San Diego bishop backs pope on divorced and remarried

    • May 11, 2016

    Catholics in San Diego, the bishop wants to hear about your family life. Bishop Robert McElroy announced Wednesday he will host a diocesan-wide Synod on the Family, inspired by two summits of bishops in Rome in 2014 and 2015 that culminated last month with the release of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope

  • German intellectual says Francis contradicts Church teaching

    German intellectual says Francis contradicts Church teaching

    • May 2, 2016

    Spaemann says neither the Church nor the pope have the authority to approve “disordered sexual relationships,” including divorce and civil remarriage, through access to the sacraments.

  • No shortcuts on Communion for the divorced and remarried

    • Apr 19, 2016

    [Editor’s Note: Since release of Pope Francis’ document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, many have wondered what his cautious opening on Communion for the divorced and remarried will mean in practice. Here, Italian Monsignor Fausto Gilardi reflects on the experience in the Cathedral of Milan, among the largest and most influential

  • Pope Francis calls Sanders greeting only 'common courtesy'

    Pope Francis calls Sanders greeting only 'common courtesy'

    • Apr 16, 2016

    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Bristling at impressions that his brief greeting of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday ahead of a trip to Greece was a political statement, Pope Francis called it merely “common courtesy”, and said anyone who sees it differently needs “a psychiatrist.” The pontiff also