Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith

Vatican’s Doctrinal Office: Catholic Church Cannot Give Blessings to Same-Sex Unions

Answering the question “does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?,” the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responded, “negative.” By Hannah Brockhaus, National Catholic Register, March 15, 2021 VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s... read more

Vatican cardinal clashes with German theologian over ‘Eucharistic meal fellowship’

Catholic News Agency, February 10, 2021 Vatican cardinal has responded to a German theologian who criticized him for opposing a proposal for a “Eucharistic meal fellowship” between Catholics and Protestants. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian... read more

Dodge City bishop under investigation for alleged abuse of a minor

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, February 9, 2021 The Bishop of Dodge City is under a Vatican-ordered Vos estis investigation over allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced Feb. 8 that it was “made aware” that Bishop John Brungardt of... read more

Former Cheyenne Bishop Skates on Abuse Charges

By Christopher Altieri, Catholic Herald, January 26, 2021 The Vatican has exonerated Bishop Joseph H. Hart, emeritus of Cheyenne, Wyoming, on seven counts of child sexual abuse. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handled the canonical process, also said five other accusations... read more

Francis changes Catholic Church law: women explicitly allowed as lectors, altar servers

By Joshua J. McElwee,National Catholic Reporter, January 11, 2021VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has changed Catholic Church law to make explicit that laywomen can act as readers and altar servers in liturgical celebrations, effectively removing a previous option for individual bishops to restrict... read more

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
Monsignor John Kennedy, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

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