Magisterium

Vatican officials: ‘Querida Amazonia’ is magisterium, Amazon synod’s final doc is not

By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, February 12, 2020 Pope Francis' post-synodal exhortation on the Amazon is part of the Church's ordinary magisterium -- that is officially a kind of Church teaching -- while the final document of the Vatican’s 2019 Amazon synod is not, Cardinal... read more
The Apostle Peter

A Watershed This Week?

By Robert Royal, Catholic Thing, February 10, 2020 This week may mark a watershed in modern Catholicism. On Wednesday, the Amazonia Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation will be released (more on that later in the week). Ever since that head-spinning event (Pachamama was only the most conspicuous... 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

Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider Announce Crusade of Prayer and Fasting

Citing “serious theological errors and heresies” in the Amazon Synod’s working document, they call on the faithful to pray and fast for 40 days to prevent such errors being approved. Edward Pentin, September 11, 2019 Cardinal Raymond Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider have issued... 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

Vatican walks tightrope on China, comes on strong with Germany and confession

By: John L. Allen Jr., CRUX, July 2, 2019 ROME - Now that we’re in the dog days of summer, this year featuring record high temperatures across Europe, one might think the Vatican would be entering a “mad dogs and Englishmen” sort of lull. However, that’s not the nature of the Pope... read more

Cardinal Sarah: Seeking Media Approval at Price of Truth is Work of Judas

In hard-hitting but unreported comments given in Paris last month, the Vatican prefect for divine worship also denounced those pushing “rupture and revolution” as “mercenaries smuggled into the sheepfold.” By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, June 21, 2019 Cardinal Robert... read more

Vatican’s former doctrine chief sounds alarm on Francis’ plans to reorder curia

Maike Hickson Blog May 6, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican’s former Prefect of the Congregation for Doctrine has strongly criticized a draft document containing Pope Francis’ plans for an overhaul of the curia — where “doctrine” is expected to take a backseat to... read more

Bishop Conley: Some cardinals have ‘very disturbing’ views on morality

Catholic Herlad (UK), February 6, 2019 Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska has said there is “uncertainty and confusion” within the Church over moral teaching, including “at a very high level” of the hierarchy. While praising Pope Francis, the bishop also discussed the role of... read more

The Pope Forces the Question: What Good Is the New Catechism?

By Peter Kwasniewski,  December 21, 2018 Part of the problem with Pope Francis’s change to the Catechism on the legitimacy of the death penalty – a decision on which he is doubling down in the face of worldwide opposition from theologically literate Catholics – is that it fundamentally... read more

Australian archbishop outlines problems with Youth Synod and its final document

By Lisa Bourne VATICAN CITY, November 5, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – There is a real danger in allowing synods to drive the Church’s doctrinal practice, an archbishop involved in the Vatican’s Synod on Youth has said. There were numerous issues with how the recently-concluded synod was... read more