SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Christopher R. Altieri

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April 01, 2021
Several news reports say Pope Francis celebrated Thursday afternoon around 5:30pm Rome Time in Cardinal Becciu's private chapel, inside the cardinal's apartment in the Palazzo del Sant'Uffizio -- the headquarters of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith -- a stone's throw from the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse.
March 24, 2021
Curial cardinals will take a 10% pay cut, while other department heads will take an 8% reduction, and lower-level officials who are clerics and/or religious will see 3% less in monthly pay. Laity, clerics, and religious will all face pay freezes – even those not subject to pay cuts – for two years.
March 19, 2021
Recalling a powerful theme of his homily at his inaugural Mass and a core motif of the Year of St. Joseph in which the Church is currently living, Pope Francis noted that St. Joseph was not only the protector of Jesus when Our Lord was an infant, nor is he only the protector of the Church in a general way today, but is "the protector of vocations."
March 18, 2021
The report found more than 200 wrongdoers and more than 300 victims, most of them boys under the age of 14. Roughly half the allegations pertained to sexual abuse of different kinds and gravity, while the rest fell under the rubric of “boundary violation” or other misconduct of a sexual nature.
March 18, 2021
The witness – identified by his initials, L.G. – offered a detailed account of the facts, which was occasionally at odds with earlier reported claims.
March 15, 2021
The statement was in answer to a precise question, or dubium: “Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?” CDF gave its reply in one word: “Negative.”
March 14, 2021
...an exercise of brute force clothed in a gossamer administrative fig-leaf, with implausible reason given — raising questions of the true motive — ill-considered, ad hoc, juridically slapdash at best,...
March 08, 2021
He went not just to proclaim Christ, but to proclaim our dependence upon Christ, in the face of suffering that can't be swept away.
March 07, 2021
"We know that through your prayers you continue to urge this broken world and this broken land to a time of peace, humility and prosperity," Archbishop Warda said, "with dignity of life and purpose for all."
March 07, 2021
"Today," said Pope Francis in his homily, "I can see at first hand that the Church in Iraq is alive, that Christ is alive and at work in this, his holy and faithful people."
March 07, 2021
Pope Francis’s message was simple and direct: “You are not alone,” he said. “The entire Church is close to you, with prayers and concrete charity.”
March 07, 2021
The gathering took place in Hosh al-Bieaa – Church Square – in Mosul, where four churches sit: Syriac Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syro-Orthodox, and Chaldean.
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