After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

Oct 20, 2014 by

By Melanie McDonagh, Spectator: The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a failure on the BBC, which declared that gay Catholic groups are ‘disappointed’ with the inability of the Synod to make progress towards acknowledging gay relationships. Other groups are similarly disappointed by the Synod’s refusal to admit divorced and remarried people to communion. As Damian Thompson observes, Pope Francis probably has...

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The Vatican cancels its earthquake. This is not Pope Francis’s finest hour

Oct 18, 2014 by

by Damian Thompson, Spectator: ‘Thanks be to God’, as we Catholic children used to say with heartfelt enthusiasm as Mass was over for another week. The most divisive meeting of Catholic bishops since Vatican II has ended – and no real damage has been done. Except, I’m sorry to say, to the reputation of Pope Francis. No real progress has been made, either. This afternoon the official report of the Synod was released and so far as I can tell it cancelled the ‘earthquake’ implied by the half-way...

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Why is the Catholic Church cannibalising the Book of Common Prayer?

Oct 18, 2014 by

By Christopher Howse, Telegraph: I’ve always felt sympathetic to foreigners on holiday in England who come across a church advertising Mass and displaying crucifixes and statues inside. When they discover later that they have been at a service of the Church of England, not of the Roman Catholic Church, they are puzzled and confused. So what would you think if you went into a church and heard the clergyman begin: “God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets...

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Russian Orthodox to Catholics: Let’s work together to defend life and family

Oct 18, 2014 by

by Lisa Bourne, LifeSite: The Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches should join forces to defend marriage and the family on the international stage, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations for the Moscow Patriarchate told Catholic bishops at the Vatican on Thursday. “The time has come for Christians to join efforts and come out as a united front for the noble goal of protecting the family when confronted by the challenges of the secular world for the sake of...

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RC Synod drama: Church, culture, politics and media collide

Oct 17, 2014 by

By Sheila Liaugminas, MercatorNet: Now we have a tangled web. So much has happened so fast at the Synod, it’s difficult to put it together in one narrative. Especially since there are several different strands getting rapidly entangled in this two week event about to wrap up. The Saturday final document will be revealing. For now, some updates. The mention in the last post of a translation issue, which seems like ages ago in such a rapidly changing Synod, referred to language in the Relatio,...

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Cardinal Kasper Dismisses Africans

Oct 16, 2014 by

By Fr Dwight Longnecker: The Anchoress takes Kasper to task here for his condescending and let’s say it: racist remarks about African Catholics. Here are our brothers and sisters in the forefront of the fight against militant Islam, seeing their churches burned, their children kidnapped and their villages destroyed by Muslim thugs. They stand firm in the faith. Their seminaries are full. They are building new convents and monasteries. Their faith is strong, but hey. They don’t tolerate...

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