SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
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October 17, 2019
At a “moment of Amazon spirituality” on October 16, in a church just down the street from St Peter’s Square, a woman told the Amazonian folk tale of a pink river dolphin who seduced a village girl. The story, and the conversation that ensued, is a poignant example of questions raised about the Vatican’s Amazon
October 15, 2019
Cardinal John Henry Newman would be surprised by his own canonization as a saint, an English bishop said Monday, adding that Newman’s life offers an important witness of holiness for contemporary Catholics. “I am sure that no one would be more surprised than Newman to find himself a canonized saint. In his own life time
October 09, 2019
The Vatican said on Wednesday that an Italian journalist it has previously corrected was not speaking accurately when he claimed that Pope Francis denied Christ’s divinity. “As already stated on other occasions, the words that Dr Eugenio Scalfari attributes in quotation marks to the Holy Father during talks with him cannot be considered a faithful
October 09, 2019
A contributor to the working document for the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region made his case Wednesday for the priestly ordination of married men in the region. “I’m saying this with great sincerity – there is no other option,” Bishop Erwin Kräutler, the retired head of the Xingu prelature in Amazonian Brazil,
October 08, 2019
Some participants at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon have responded critically to a proposal that the Church ordain married men – so called viri probati – in response to a shortage of priestly vocations in the Amazon region of South America. A source inside the synod told CNA that Cardinal Robert Sarah,
September 11, 2019
Bishop Michael Hoeppner is the first sitting U.S. bishop to be investigated under new misconduct protocols introduced by Pope Francis earlier this year. Hoeppner, Bishop of Crookston, Minnesota, will be investigated by Minneapolis’ Archbishop Bernard Hebda, on charges that Hoeppner thwarted a police or canonical investigation of clerical sexual misconduct in his diocese. “I have
September 03, 2019
The vice-president of the Pontifical Institute John Paul II in Rome has proposed a compromise between the university administrators implementing a restructuring plan at the school, and the faculty members who have opposed certain aspects of that plan. Noting an “impasse” between faculty and administrators regarding changes at the institute, Fr. Jose Granados suggested a
August 30, 2019
An Indian court has ruled that Cardinal George Alencherry will stand trial in a case related to controversial land deals in the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. The Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court ruled on August 24 that Alencherry, along with the former financial officer of the archdiocese and a real estate agent will face charges that
August 13, 2019
Archbishop Charles Chaput is not a cardinal. He has never been an officer at the U.S. bishops’ conference. He has never lived in Rome, and, in an international Church, he is not a polyglot. Chaput’s resume is not typical of most influential figures in the Church’s hierarchy. But when Chaput turns 75 and submits his
August 01, 2019
The vice-president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome said that changes to the school’s governing structure and academic program are a serious threat to its identity, and to the important pastoral ministry it supports. “It seems to me that the identity of the Institute is seriously threatened, so it is necessary to
July 27, 2019
More than 150 students at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome have signed a letter saying that newly approved statutes will undermine the institute’s mission and identity. “We want to express our greatest concern: the loss of the formational approach, and therefore, of the identity of the Pontifical Theological Institute John Paul II,”
June 20, 2019
Exactly one year after revelations about the sexual abuse of then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick were made public, the Church in the U.S. remains in a state of serious scandal, and Catholics remain angry and discouraged. But what’s next for the Church – what happens after McCarrick – depends as much on the decisions of ordinary Catholics