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June 30, 2017

Is it too late to reform the Vatican?

The cardinals who elected Pope Francis hoped for major curial reform. Why isn't it going to plan? In high summer, Rome may be crawling with tourists, but most of the…
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February 9, 2017

Pope Francis’s traditionalists

John Paul II couldn’t strike a deal that satisfied the SSPX. Nor could Benedict. Enter the unlikeliest of bridge-builders On the weekend that posters of a scowling Pope Francis were…
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February 2, 2017

Council of German bishops endorses Communion for the remarried

The group did not include Cardinal Gerhard Müller, who has said the practice is against God's law The permanent council of the German bishops’ conference has endorsed Communion for the remarried, in…
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February 1, 2017

Cardinal Müller: Communion for the remarried is against God’s law

The cardinal said that nobody, not even a pope, could change the teaching reaffirmed by St John Paul II Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief, has made one of…
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January 25, 2017

The trouble with appealing to ‘a well-formed conscience’

The Church has always taught that moral absolutes are necessary to the formation of conscience The Maltese bishops’ guidelines, released 11 days ago to near-universal grief, scorn, anxiety and derision, have found…
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January 14, 2017

Maltese bishops: Divorced-and-remarried 'at peace with God' may receive Communion

As debate over Amoris laetitia continues to gain steam, the Maltese bishops have come out with a new set of pastoral guidelines allowing divorced-and-remarried persons in certain cases, after “honest…
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January 9, 2017

Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017 Last year proved beyond all doubt that journalists are terrible at predicting the future. Few commentators foresaw Brexit,…
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December 28, 2016

Could this save Catholic marriage prep?

With high divorce rates among Catholic couples – and marriage rates plummeting among millennials – Church leaders are scrambling to address the problem. But long before Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on…
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December 17, 2016

Church teaching on Communion cannot be changed, says Cardinal Burke

The cardinal said that the Church's constant teaching and practice admit no exceptions Cardinal Raymond Burke has given a new interview, in which he says that the Church’s teaching against Communion for…
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December 9, 2016

Matthew Schmitz explains why he changed his mind about Pope Francis

Anyone who has stumbled across a long-forgotten diary will understand the embarrassment a journalist feels when he reads his old work. The foolish attachments and false urgencies of the past…
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