SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Carol Glatz

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April 04, 2019
The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has rejected an appeal by the now-former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, upholding its judgment of finding him guilty of abuse against minors. The doctrinal tribunal’s decision is final and no further appeals are possible, it said in a communique published on April 4.
February 28, 2019
Christians must not take advantage of God’s forgiveness — selfishly repeating sin after sin — because God’s wrath for those who refuse to change their ways is just as great as his mercy, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. “Do not say, ‘God’s compassion is great, he will forgive my many sins’ and then
February 24, 2019
Transparent, reliable and respectful administration is critical for counteracting sinful behavior within the Catholic Church, said German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising. “There are no alternatives to traceability and transparency,” he said, adding that he saw no convincing reason why the “pontifical secret” should apply “to the prosecution of criminal offenses concerning the
February 04, 2019
Pope Francis has appealed to the world’s leaders and policymakers to protect the unborn and see these new lives as people who will bring new beginnings and hope for the future. Each and every new life conceived — “they are children of the entire community, and their being killed in large numbers with the backing
January 16, 2019
Pope Francis has advanced the Causes of three women and recognised the martyrdom of 14 religious Sisters who were killed during the Spanish Civil War. The Pope formally recognised a miracle needed for the canonisation of Blessed Marguerite Bays, a lay woman from Switzerland known for her spirituality in the face of great physical suffering
January 04, 2019
The Catholic Church teaches that sterilization is morally unacceptable, but a hysterectomy could be morally acceptable if the uterus could not sustain a pregnancy, said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Affirming past indications as to when a hysterectomy would be morally acceptable, the doctrinal congregation, in a note published on January 3,
December 21, 2018
Negotiators are trying to establish full diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the communist state
December 18, 2018
Pope Francis has made new appointments to the Dicastery for Communication, naming Andrea Tornielli, an Italian journalist, as its “editorial director” and Andrea Monda, an Italian journalist and religion teacher, as editor-in-chief of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano. Tornielli, a respected Vatican reporter, was born in a city near Venice in 1964 and earned a
December 18, 2018
With Christmas just over a week away, visitors came to St Peter’s Square with their Baby Jesus figurines for a traditional blessing by the Pope. Many children came with small figurines for their family Nativity scene, others held delicate sculptures, and one group set a giant statue of the Baby Jesus on top of stacks
December 05, 2018
A custom-built 2018 Lamborghini Huracan coupe autographed by Pope Francis is back on the block, but, this time with an online fundraising platform, not at an elite European auction house. The Italian luxury carmaker donated the white vehicle with gold stripes — to match the white and yellow of the Vatican City flag — to
November 19, 2018
As the rich get richer, the increasing misery and cries of the poor are ignored every day, Pope Francis has said. “We Christians cannot stand with arms folded in indifference” or thrown up in the air in helpless resignation, the pope said in his homily on November 18, the World Day of the Poor. “As
November 16, 2018
The Italian bishops approved an updated translation of Mass prayers, including a change in the translation of the Our Father, and they passed a proposal to create a national office dedicated to serving dioceses in safeguarding minors and vulnerable adults. During the general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference, which met Nov. 12-15 at the