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October 18, 2019
October 18, 2019
At least four of the 12 language groups at the Amazon synod overtly propose the ordination of married men to the priesthood in summary reports published by the Vatican Friday, with the majority of the discussion groups expressing openness to the idea. “We ask, Holy Father, that you accept, for the Pan Amazon region, men
October 18, 2019
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October 18, 2019
The Chicago mother healed from a potentially lethal haemorrhage at the intercession of St John Henry Newman has described his canonisation as “the experience of a thousand lifetimes.” Melissa Villalobos attended the October 13 ceremony at the Vatican with her husband and their seven children, and together they carried the offertory gifts to Pope Francis,
October 18, 2019
A man claiming to be a former child victim of Theodore McCarrick has written an open essay in response to a recent interview given by the former cardinal. Writing under the name Nathan Doe, the man says that McCarrick sexually abused a series of minors during his years as a cleric. Media reports have detailed
October 18, 2019
The Congregation for the Oriental Churches has rejected the appeal of Sister Lucy Kalapura, who was dismissed from religious life in August for several acts of disobedience, including a protest of the handling of another nun’s accusation that a bishop serially raped her. The congregation’s September 26 decree denying recourse to the nun of the
October 18, 2019
A retired bishop from Brazil has spoken out against the claim that married priests are necessary in the Amazon region because the indigenous people do not understand celibacy. “It’s not the indigenous culture that finds insurmountable difficulties in understanding celibacy. It’s that there was not a real inculturation of the Gospel among them,” said Bishop
October 18, 2019
“Guests” on Planet Earth? At a gathering of like-minded scribes and media commentators shortly after Synod-2019 began, one of our members flagged what seemed to him an ominous shift in the language some Catholics use to describe humanity’s relationship to the natural world. That shift is worth pondering, because it illustrates some of the deep
October 18, 2019
Nearly a decade ago, Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at the Johns Hopkins University, published a book called The Marriage-Go-Round which brought thirty years of research to bear on the state of marriage in America. One of his several dramatic findings was that Americans no longer saw marriage as something foundational for their lives but rather
October 18, 2019
The people of South Sudan are on “life support”, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala has said. Fr Alfredo Cremonesi, a missionary killed in Burma in 1953, will be beatified tomorrow. The Ford Foundation is a major funder of Amazon synod organisations, reports Edward Pentin. John Allen explains why “Europe today has 42 per cent of all