SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Cindy Wooden

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April 16, 2019
Marking retired Pope Benedict XVI’s 92nd birthday, the editorial director of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication insisted what the retired pope wrote about facing the clerical sexual abuse crisis is essentially what Pope Francis has said, too. “Celebrating Joseph Ratzinger’s birthday, it can be useful to underline the approach that both Benedict XVI and his
April 11, 2019
At the end of a highly unusual spiritual retreat for the political leaders of warring factions, Pope Francis knelt at the feet of the leaders of South Sudan, begging them to give peace a chance and to be worthy “fathers of the nation.” “As a brother, I ask you to remain in peace. I ask
April 09, 2019
Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI established personal ordinariates for Catholics coming from the Anglican tradition, the Vatican has issued a slightly updated set of norms governing them. The updated “complementary norms” include a provision Pope Francis approved in 2013 explicitly stating that the personal ordinariates are not only for former Anglicans and their families,
April 02, 2019
The life of a young person and the vocation to which God calls each one is “holy ground” that pastors and parents must respect, nurture and encourage, Pope Francis has said in a new apostolic exhortation. Christus Vivit (“Christ Lives”), the Pope’s reflections on the 2018 synod of bishops on young people, the faith and
February 28, 2019
When the Vatican Congregation for Clergy developed guidelines a decade ago for handling cases of priests who father children, the first objective was to make it easier for those men to leave the priesthood to care for their children and be real dads, said the prefect of the congregation. Cardinal Beniamino Stella, congregation prefect, said
February 27, 2019
The day Australian Cardinal George Pell was jailed in Melbourne after being found guilty of child sexual abuse, the Vatican announced his case would be investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “After the guilty verdict in the first instance concerning Cardinal Pell, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will
February 05, 2019
Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others. The UAE Catholic community, which numbers close to 1 million, includes foreign workers from roughly 100 nations, but particularly India and the Philippines. They filled the
February 04, 2019
The sun had set long before Pope Francis arrived in Abu Dhabi on February 3, but Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince, and Egyptian Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, still went to the airport to welcome him. It had been a rare rainy day on the southeast coast of the
February 03, 2019
The Catholic Church has been too slow coming to terms with the sexual abuse of women – particularly women religious – by priests, the editor of the Vatican newspaper’s women’s magazine has said. Although scandalous, the delay in recognising the problem is not surprising for an “ecclesiastical institution with centuries of culture focused on women
January 18, 2019
Just as divisions in society grow when wealth is not shared, divisions within Christianity grow when the richness of gifts God has given to one Christian church or community are not recognised and shared, Pope Francis said. “It is easy to forget the fundamental equality existing among us: that once we were all slaves to
December 30, 2018
Christians and Muslims in Iraq are called by the same God to rebuild a nation where peace, harmony and justice reign, Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said during a Christmas visit to Baghdad. The Vatican secretary of state was scheduled to be in Iraq on December 24-28. He celebrated Christmas liturgies in the Chaldean, Syriac Catholic
December 27, 2018
The Vatican City State court sentenced an Italian contractor, who had done work for several Vatican offices, to 2 1/2 years in jail for using a Vatican bank account for money laundering. The conviction and sentencing of Angelo Proietti, 63, was handed down December 17 and announced by the Vatican press office December 27; his