Here’s How the Anglican Battles Might Affect the Catholic Church

Jan 15, 2016 by

by Fr Dwight Longnecker, NCR: This week’s suspension of the Episcopal Church of the USA from the Anglican Communion is a surprising move because it is so un-Anglican. Part of the historic Anglican mentality is to maintain corporate unity at all costs. Incredible theological sleight of hand, “re-interpretation” and ecclesiastical double think has been used down the decades to keep Anglicans together—some who believe in women priests and some who do not, some who believe in the sacraments and...

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Pope Francis condemns Catholic ‘fundamentalists’ and hints at support for use of condoms against Aids

Dec 2, 2015 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: Pope Francis has used another mid-flight press conference to make a statement of significance to millions of Catholics. Asked if the Church should drop its opposition to the use of condoms to stop the spread of Aids (a teaching already modified by Benedict XVI), he effectively declared that the debate was a waste of time. He referred to Jesus’s practice – opposed by the Pharisees on legalistic grounds – of healing on the Sabbath. ‘Healing is obligatory!’ he said....

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Australia investigating archbishop for distributing pamphlet defending true marriage

Nov 14, 2015 by

PLEASE SIGN PETITION IN SUPPORT OF ABP JULIAN PORTEOUS by Pete Baklinski, LifeSite: An Australian Catholic archbishop is facing legal action after recently distributing a pamphlet to local Catholic school children that supported Catholic teaching on marriage being between a man and woman. “Dear Friends, I have received notification from the Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner that a complaint made about me has been viewed as a possible breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998...

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Vatican Meets with U.S. State Department’s Gay and Lesbian Envoy

Nov 12, 2015 by

By Elizabeth Dias, Time: A symbolic meeting to open a controversial dialog. The encounter took place in a non-descript room at the Vatican, and conversation stuck to regular diplomatic briefs. But for the parties involved on Tuesday morning, the meeting held historic significance: Randy Berry, the first-ever U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI persons, and Vatican officials from the Holy See’s Secretary of State office were meeting for the first time. The moment, simple as it was,...

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The Synod’s final report is a victory for liberals on homosexuality – here’s why

Oct 26, 2015 by

By John Henry Westen, LifeSite: The truth of the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality is so far removed from the mainstream media’s debates over same-sex “marriage” it is nearly impossible to achieve an accurate reading of the Synod’s final document (Relazione Finale) without an in depth understanding of the Church’s teaching in this regard. The most essential and basic teaching is that homosexual acts are gravely sinful, which means they separate the perpetrator from God and can lead to...

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Reflections on the Vatican Synod on Marriage and the Family

Oct 25, 2015 by

The Vatican Synod on the Family is over and the conservatives have won, by Damian Thompson, Spectator: Read here Read also:  Synod verdict: the Catholic Church is still Catholic by Tim Stanley, Telegraph Cardinal Burke: Synods are meant to preserve doctrine and discipline, by Edward Pentin, ncRegister   Read also some more pessimistic analysis: The Synod’s final report is a victory for liberals on homosexuality, and here’s why, by John Henry Westen, Lifesite The Catholic Church is in...

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