Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith

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

Cardinal Müller Looks at US Politics, the 2020 Election and Catholic Conscience

The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith tells the Register that the Catholic Church must not only demand freedom of religion, she must also take up the task of demanding and promoting that politics be given a moral basis. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic... read more
Archbishop Luis Ladaria at a book presentation at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Vatican’s Doctrinal Office Critiques German Theologians’ Intercommunion Call

The 57-page text advocated “reciprocal Eucharistic hospitality” between Catholics and Protestants, based on previous ecumenical agreements on the Eucharist and ministry. Catholic News Agency, September 22, 2020 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith... read more

Vatican cardinal defends issuing fidelity oaths to suspended Irish priest Tony Flannery

by Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, September 22, 2020 VATICAN CITY — The head of the Vatican's powerful doctrinal congregation Sept. 22 defended his office's request that an Irish priest sign four strict oaths of fidelity to Catholic teachings, saying the move, while "very... read more

Vatican reaffirms opposition to euthanasia, warns such patients cannot receive sacraments

By Joshua J. McElwee Vatican, National Catholic Reporter, September 22, 2020 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is firmly reiterating its objection to the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide, calling the intentional killing of sick patients an "intrinsically evil act" akin to murder and... read more

Vatican gives bishops new guidelines on sex-abuse complaints

CatholicCulture.org, July 16, 2020 The Vatican has issued new guidelines to the world’s bishops for the handling of sex-abuse complaints. Only a profound knowledge of the law and its aims can render due service to truth and justice, which are especially to be sought in matters of graviora... read more

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Belgian Brothers of Charity hospitals must drop Catholic identity over euthanasia

Catholic News Agency, May 4, 2020 The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered 15 psychiatric hospitals in Belgium which belong to the Brothers of Charity to cease identifying as Catholic institutions after they allowed the euthanization of patients in 2017. The hospitals are... read more

Mexican clerical abuse victims skeptical of Vatican mission

By Maria Verza, AP/ Crux, March 3, 2020 The Vatican is sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission as the Catholic hierarchy in the world's second-largest Catholic country begins to reckon with decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-up.... read more

Detroit Catholics say archdiocese fabricated rape charge against pastor

By J. D. Flynn, Catholic News Agency, February 25, 2020 A group of Detroit Catholics has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Archdiocese of Detroit fabricated an allegation of rape against their pastor in order to avoid media criticism about its handling of abuse allegations, and has mishandled... read more

Legion of Christ accused abuser removed from priesthood

By Maria Verza, Crux, January 14, 2020 MEXICO CITY - The Catholic Church has removed Mexican Fernando Martínez from the priesthood after finding him guilty of various sexual abuse crimes against minors, the Legion of Christ religious order said Monday. The Congregation for the Doctrine of... read more
Monsignor John Kennedy, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Vatican office struggles to keep up with clergy abuse cases

By Nicole Winfield, AP, December 21, 2019 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints has seen a record 1,000 cases reported from around the world this year, including from countries it had not heard from before — suggesting that the worst may... read more
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