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He is the most senior Vatican official to comment on the document so far
September 28, 2017
The Vatican appears to be heading for an unprecedented mixed verdict
September 28, 2017
Last week Pope Francis met the members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors for the first time since its foundation in 2014 and assured them that he was committed to “zero tolerance” of clerical abuse. This was heartening, because the past three years have shown just how difficult it is to combat
September 28, 2017
✣ Jesuit author’s talks are cancelled amid backlash What happened? Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has called for “Christian civility” after a heated debate over the Jesuit writer Fr James Martin. Fr Martin was disinvited from three lectures – two in America, one in London – because the organisers were concerned about a possible backlash. Fr
September 28, 2017
✣ Highlights from the week online A Lutheran’s love letter to Pope Francis In America, the Jesuit review, Aana Marie Vigen wrote a “Lutheran’s love letter” to Pope Francis: “Ever since you became the Bishop of Rome in 2013, I have become increasingly convinced that you are the pope that Luther was looking for 500
September 28, 2017
Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has announced an eight-point plan for “bringing people closer to Christ” in his diocese. He set out his plan in a pastoral letter on the fifth anniversary of his episcopal ordination. He said it was a “vision statement of my hopes and aspirations for the next decade”, and asked Catholics to
September 28, 2017
A priest has told Labour MPs that some of them have an “appalling” record on issues such as abortion and euthanasia. In his sermon at St Magdalen Church in Brighton on Sunday night, Fr Ray Blake lamented the voting record of certain MPs, but also called on those present to live the Gospel “radically” and
September 28, 2017
The historic church of St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs in Preston has been entrusted to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. It is the second church in the town to be handed over to the institute, which is dedicated to the traditional Latin Mass. In his homily Bishop Michael Campbell
September 28, 2017
Sixty-two scholars and priests have issued a “filial correction” of Pope Francis, saying that his words and actions risk leading Catholics into false doctrines. The signatories emphasised that they do not accuse the Pope of committing the personal sin of heresy, or the canonical crime. But they claimed that the publication of Amoris Laetitia, and
September 28, 2017
The Holy See’s former auditor general has said he was forced to step down earlier this year after uncovering possible illegal activity, but Vatican officials have accused him of spying. Libero Milone claimed that he was ousted over false accusations by those opposed to reform. He told reporters he was speaking out because “I couldn’t
September 28, 2017
Pope Francis has admitted that he made an error early in his papacy in being too lenient with a priest who had sexually abused young people. The Pope made the admission last week during a meeting with the child protection advisory commission he set up in 2014. It was his first meeting with the group.
September 28, 2017
Pope Francis has re-founded an institute on marriage and the family set up by St John Paul II, renaming it and giving it a new mission. The Pope announced the creation of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences in a motu proprio. The change was described as an “earthquake” by
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