An African cardinal asks a good question: What about Communion for polygamists?

Jan 7, 2017 by

by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald: Virtually every priest who has worked in Africa knows that this is a serious pastoral issue Every now and then someone says something interesting on Twitter. Just yesterday Cardinal Napier, the Archbishop of Durban, reminded us all of something we ought not to forget. If Westerners in irregular situations can receive Communion, are we to tell our polygamists & other “misfits” that they too are allowed?   Cardinal Napier...

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BBC admits it underestimated the Church’s opposition to Hitler

Dec 10, 2016 by

by Dan Hitchens, Catholic Herald: The BBC’s internal watchdog has found that a programme wrongly accused the Catholic Church of “silence” about the Holocaust. After Pope Francis’s visit to Auschwitz in July, BBC One’s 6pm news bulletin carried a report which stated: “Silence was the response of the Catholic Church when Nazi Germany demonised Jewish people and then attempted to eradicate Jews from Europe.” In response, the cross-bench peer Lord Alton of Liverpool and Fr Leo Chamberlain, the...

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The Vatican reaffirms its position suggesting gay men should not be priests

Dec 8, 2016 by

by Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post: People who have “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” or who “support the so-called ‘gay culture’” cannot be priests in the Catholic church, the Vatican said in a new document on the priesthood. The document said the church’s policy on gay priests has not changed since the last Vatican pronouncement on the subject in 2005. Some have been hoping for more openness toward gay priests ever since Pope Francis uttered perhaps the most famous sentence of his papacy —...

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Pope fails to reply to 4 cardinals’ urgent plea for clarification, so they go public

Nov 15, 2016 by

by John-Henry Westen, LifeSite: Four Cardinals have released an historic letter to Pope Francis in which they pleaded with him for clarity regarding his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Dated September 19, 2016, the letter asked the pope 5 short questions which call for ‘yes or no’ answers which would immediately clarify the meaning of the confusion-plagued document on precisely those points where theologians, priests and even bishops have offered contradicting interpretations. After...

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Dutch cardinal says papal encyclical on gender theory might be needed

Nov 8, 2016 by

by Simon Caldwell, Catholic News Service: The spread of gender theory is misleading so many Catholics that a high-level document may be required to correct the errors of the ideology, a Dutch cardinal said. Cardinal Willem Eijk of Utrecht, Netherlands, said a papal encyclical or other magisterial document “might appear to be necessary” to counter the spread of the new theory that gender can be determined by personal choice rather than by biology. He said even Catholic parents were...

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How the Democrats infiltrated the Catholic Church

Oct 20, 2016 by

by Damian Thompson, Spectator: […]  On 11 February 2012, Sandy Newman, a non-Catholic progressive activist, wrote to Podesta suggesting he should ‘plant the seeds of a revolution’ by driving a wedge between the US Catholic bishops, who opposed Obama on contraception, and ordinary Catholics who use birth control. His email was catchlined: ‘Opening for a Catholic Spring?’ Podesta replied: ‘We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organise for a moment like this … likewise...

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