Amoris Laetitia

Mixed Messages from the Vatican and Bishops

By Fr. Timothy V. Vaverek, October 14, 2020 With the pope’s approval, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has issued a letter entitled The Good Samaritan devoted to the care of persons in the critical and terminal phases of life. Those hoping to renew Christian moral... read more

Banish Sin, Transform the Church

David G Bonagura, Jr., August 16, 2020 The Second Vatican Council is back in the news lately, with two prominent, tradition-minded bishops revisiting well-known arguments of conciliar interpretation in light two recent Vatican documents, Amoris Laetitia and the Abu Dhabi statement [1] on world... read more

‘Amoris laetitia’ must be read ‘always in continuity’ with Church teaching, pope says

By Ed Condon, CNA Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2018 / 01:00 pm MT (CNA).- A letter from Pope Francis on Amoris laetitia has been published in which the pope says the 2016 apostolic exhortation is “always in continuity” with the traditional teaching of the Church, and must be read and understood... read more

Latin American bishops to ask Pope for married priests in wake of new Amazon exhortation

Close collaborators of the Pope made it clear that Francis' post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia did not close the door to the married priesthood. By Maike Hickson, LifeSite News, March 4, 2020 Monsignor Pirmin Spiegel, the head of the German bishops' relief agency Misereor, announced... read more

German bishops publicize ‘blessing of departure’ for couples getting divorced

An article on the bishops' website describes worship services with rituals that include passing around a baking pan with frozen water and ripping a curtain at the church door. By Martin Bürger, LifeSite News, March 4, 2020Several priests in Germany are offering “a kind of blessing” for... read more

Is the Pope Catholic?

What Francis hath wrought. by Robert Royal, Claremont Review of Books, Winter 2019 Even when, as at present, the Catholic Church exercises very little direct political or social power, its continued witness to the world after two millennia retains a compelling grandeur. Empires rise and... read more

Nobody Is Demanding a ‘Pastoral Thrust’

BY DANIEL THIMONS, NOVEMBER 19, 2019 On November 11, the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, addressed the USCCB General Assembly. In this address, he stated: “The pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people, especially as families... read more

Cardinal Burke: ‘I’m Called the Enemy of the Pope, Which I Am Not’ A conversation with Cardinal Raymond Burke.

By Ross Douthat, New York Times, November 9, 2019 In mid-October, while the Catholic Church’s internal debates were reaching another crescendo at a synod for the Amazon region held in Rome, I sat down with Cardinal Raymond Burke, best known as Pope Francis’s most vocal critic in the... read more
Fr. Gerald E. Murray

If Pope Francis encourages criticism, why won’t he meet with dubia cardinals?

By Fr. Gerald E. Murray, LifeSiteNews, September 23, 2019 We know that Pope Francis is a believer in the value of criticism from his extensive remarks on the plane ride back from his recent apostolic visit to Africa. He said: "First of all, criticism always helps, always. When someone receives... read more

Founding prof laments ‘destruction’ of John Paul II Institute

[Editor’s note: The following is an English translation of the “Public Statement Concerning the Turmoil Surrounding the Pope John Paul II Institute for the Family in Rome,” released on August 28.] Addressed to: Archbishop Vincenco Paglia, Great Chancellor of the InstituteMsgr.... read more

God Wants a Repentant Church, Not a Relevant Church

BY JONATHAN B. COE, AUGUST 19, 2019 On a regular basis the faithful Catholic laity find themselves disconcerted and even outraged when priests and prelates display an inverted moral calculus. For example, as William Kilpatrick writes in a recent essay in this magazine, the Vatican has become a... read more