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Pope to Roman Rota: Legal and sacramental preparation needed for married couples

January 22, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Pope to Roman Rota: Legal and sacramental preparation needed for married couples

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday received members of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota on the occasion of the inauguration of the judicial year. Addressing those gathered for the opening of the judiciary year of the Sacred Roman Rota, Pope Francis focused his attention on the relationship between faith and marriage. Love and Truth Quoting from his predecessors including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, he noted the importance of Love and Truth. “Love needs truth”, Pope Francis said.  “Just as it is based on truth, love can last over time, overcome the ephemeral moment and stand firm to support a common path. If love has no relationship to the truth, the Holy Father explained, “it is subject to changing…Continue Reading

Catholic bishops urge Congress to preserve health care coverage

January 21, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Catholic bishops urge Congress to preserve health care coverage

The U.S. Catholic hierarchy was one of the staunchest foes of the Affordable Care Act, nearly derailing its passage in 2010 over concern about abortion funding and exacting a political toll that helped doom abortion-opposing Democrats who backed the law while boosting Republican efforts to take control of Congress. But faced with the prospect of the GOP’s following through on pledges to repeal the health care reform, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is changing its tune. On Wednesday, the USCCB released a letter warning Congress not to overturn the law without providing an immediate replacement t

Maltese bishop threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing communion to divorced/remarried

January 20, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Maltese bishop threatens priests will be suspended a divinis for refusing communion to divorced/remarried

Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, a Maltese island, has allegedly threatened priests that he will suspend them a divinis if they refuse Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly “remarried”. The German website Katholisches reports that Bishop Mario Grech announced his decision to impose this canonical punishment immediately on returning from Rome. Bishop Mario Grech is the co-signatory with  Archbishop Charles Scicluna of the document, “Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia“. Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Bishop Mario Grech have instructed priests to allow the divorced and civilly “remarried”, who are sexually active despite the existence of first marriage, to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist if they believe, after a period of reflection, that

Bishop Athanasius Schneider . . . Appeal to prayer:

January 18, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Bishop Athanasius Schneider . . . Appeal to prayer:
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That Pope Francis may confirm the unchanging praxis of the Church with regard to the truth of the indissolubility of marriage. Following the publication of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia, in some particular churches there were published norms for its application and interpretations whereby the divorced who have attempted civil marriage with a new partner, notwithstanding the sacramental bond by which they are joined to their legitimate spouse, are admitted to the sacraments of Penance and the Eucharist without fulfilling the duty, established by God, of ceasing to violate the bond of their existing sacramental marriage.   Cohabitation more uxorio with a person who is not one’s legitimate spouse represents, at the same time, an offense to the Covenant of Salvation, of which…Continue Reading

A list of the most insane things uttered by the abortion activist speaking at the Vatican next month

January 18, 2017 breaking Comments Off on A list of the most insane things uttered by the abortion activist speaking at the Vatican next month

January 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The leading population control activist speaking at the Vatican next month has compared human babies to garbage, said every sexually active woman needs “free access” to abortion and contraception, and said the Catholic Church’s moral teachings are “just as unethical” as a “terrorist act.” Dr. Paul Ehrlich is the undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement. He has defended mass forced sterilization and even forced abortion. Ehrlich has made inflammatory statements about the hierarchy of the Catholic Church being a force of “evil.” He has criticized Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ for not endorsing population control and said that t

The Bomb That Never Detonated

January 17, 2017 breaking Comments Off on The Bomb That Never Detonated

Back in the early 1970s, in the heyday of unceasing rancor over Humanae Vitae, a great number of books were published that prophesied disaster for the human race. Among the most famous was Paul Ehrlich’s widely read The Population Bomb. At that time, we were given various apocalyptic scenarios about the end of things caused by our own uncontrolled breeding. We were soon to starve to death. The world, then with a population of around three billion, was running out of food, clothing, gas, and just about everything else. Things could only get worse. Resources were “limited”; no more new ones were imaginable. The Catholic Church was often singled out as contributing to this approaching demise of the human race since she taught that…Continue Reading

Cardinal Carlo Caffarra Reverently Breaks His Silence on the Dubia

January 15, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Carlo Caffarra Reverently Breaks His Silence on the Dubia
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For the first time since the publication of the Four Cardinals’ dubia, Cardinal Caffarra has given an interview and explains the reasons and some of the deeper arguments underlying this recent initiative. Throughout the whole of this interview given to Matteo Matzuzzi of the Italian newspaper Il Foglio (see full text here), Caffarra preserves a calm and unmistakably charitable tone and thus politely distances himself from any polemical way of dealing with some very grave moral matters such as a derangement of marriage and of the family. Foremost, he also makes it once more very

Cardinal Burke: On dubia, I’m more concerned about Last Judgment than losing my title

January 13, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Burke: On dubia, I’m more concerned about Last Judgment than losing my title

January 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke has again insisted that the four cardinals behind the Amoris Laetitia dubia are doing their Catholic duty in seeking clarity from Pope Francis regarding his ideas on Catholic Church teaching on marriage and the Eucharist. In a new interview in the Italian newspaper LaVerita, Cardinal Burke notes that there are many more than the four Cardinals who are concerned about Amoris Laetitia, and also says there is no specific tim

Reactions from Germany to Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s Defense of Amoris Laetitia

January 12, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Reactions from Germany to Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s Defense of Amoris Laetitia

In the wake of the recent 8 January defense of the papal document Amoris Laetitia by Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), there have been an increasing number of faithful Catholics now coming forth with reluctant criticisms; others quote the cardinal in order to claim that the case of the dubia has now been closed for good. In the following, I shall concentrate on three major voices: the German pro-life activist and book author, Mathias von Gersdorff; the German theologian, Dr. Markus Büning; and Guido Horst, the editor-in-chief of the major national German Catholic newspaper, Die Tagespost. As we recall, Cardinal Müller has claimed that the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is…Continue Reading

Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway to speak at 2017 March for Life

January 11, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway to speak at 2017 March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Kellyanne Conway, the highest-ranking woman in President-elect Trump’s administration and the first woman from either major party to lead a presidential candidate to victory in the general election, will speak at the 43rd annual March for Life on January 27. Conway will join other notable speakers including Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, former Planned Parenthood Director and founder of And Then There Were None Abby Johnson, Mexican Telenovela star Karyme Lozano, author and radio host Eric Metaxas, Bishop Vincent Matthews of the Church of God in Christ, who advocates for adoption in the African-American community