This is an effective prayer that can help rekindle your desire for the Holy Eucharist. As Catholics, It’s tempting sometimes to fall under the habit of attending Mass on Sunday and simply going through the motions. We sit, kneel, stand and get in line to receive the holy communion. Our heart is not really present… Continue reading Refresh your soul with this powerful prayer before communion
The Pope’s statements have the internet abuzz – but their importance has been exaggerated For the last couple of days Catholic social media and the blogosphere have been preoccupied with some reported remarks by Pope Francis. The remarks carry weight because they come from an impeccable source – the president of the Chilean bishops’ conference, Bishop Santiago… Continue reading Analysis: Did Pope Francis just condemn 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 the same week as the Vatican’s doctrinal chief said the practice was against divine law. In a new statement agreed by the council, which numbers 27… Continue reading Council of German bishops endorses Communion for the remarried
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 his strongest statements yet on the controversial question of Communion for the divorced and remarried. In an interview with the Italian magazine Il Timone, Cardinal… Continue reading Cardinal Müller: Communion for the remarried is against God’s law
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 at least some support. In the Irish Catholic, Greg Daly argues that the bishops’ critics have misunderstood the document’s subtle teaching on conscience. I don’t want to pick on Greg,… Continue reading The trouble with appealing to ‘a well-formed conscience’
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 the remarried cannot change. In an interview with Raymond Arroyo of Eternal World Television Network, Cardinal Burke was asked to comment on John Paul’s document Familiaris… Continue reading Church teaching on Communion cannot be changed, says Cardinal Burke
The cardinal said there was a tradition of issuing a formal correction if a Pope is in error Cardinal Raymond Burke has said it may be necessary to make a “formal act of correction” if Pope Francis doesn’t answer a letter from four cardinals asking him to clarify aspects of Amoris Laetitia. In an interview… Continue reading Cardinal Burke: we will make ‘formal act of correction’ if Pope doesn’t issue Amoris clarification
Three men came together and partook of the Eucharist. What happened next is a testament to the lives all Christians in the Middle East must face. Conversion from Islam is forbidden in Iran. If anyone is caught attempting to convert, the maximum penalty is five years in prison for “action against national security through collusion… Continue reading 3 men got 80 lashes in Iran for taking Holy Communion. Read why.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief helped to create campaign groups to press for a “revolution” in the Catholic Church, according to leaked emails. John Podesta, head of Clinton’s campaign, says he helped to found two Catholic organisations to press for change in the Church. In emails from 2011 released by Wikileaks and alleged to be by… Continue reading Clinton campaign chief helped start Catholic organisations to create ‘revolution’ in the Church
I have attended Mass in probably 25 to 30 different Catholic churches over the past 35 years, including the Basilica in Rome when the Pope celebrated Mass. The churches have been in several different countries, as well as across the US. I’ve heard Mass in Spanish, Italian, the Queen’s English and, of course, American English.… Continue reading Behold! The Lamb Of God!
Pope Francis has written a private message approving the Buenos Aires bishops’ response to the divorced-and-remarried inspired by his apostolic exhortation on the family. The pastoral response said ministry to the divorced-and-remarried must never create confusion about Church teaching and the indissolubility of marriage, but may also allow access to the sacraments under specific limits.… Continue reading What did Pope Francis REALLY mean when he spoke of divorced and remarried couples taking Communion?
There are various contingent reasons why I love the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29). It’s usually always sunny and for a school chaplain it marks the beginning of the end of the academic year. Despite a tendency by some to play down St Paul today, I enjoy reading the stories of his… Continue reading Let’s proclaim St Peter loudly and proudly
Introduction Faith is a word that is used to describe a person’s unshakeable belief in something without the need of proof. In Christianity, that faith is a complete trust in God, in all He does and in all that He promises. Faith in its true religious context is the response to the loving invitation of… Continue reading A Simple Guide to the Catholic Faith – A must Read!
Full Question I sit in the first row at Mass because I am hearing-impaired. When visiting a church recently, the usher gestured for me to go up for Communion before I felt prepared. I accepted the host in my hand and returned to the pew, where I continued my prayer before receiving. Now I am… Continue reading Was I wrong to take the host back to my pew?
The heated debates in the Synod of Bishops regarding the possibility of divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Holy Communion have opened up a series of other important discussions, especially concerning the relationship between mercy and justice and between charity and truth. How can these seemingly opposing principles be lived out by the Church in the… Continue reading The Eucharist: A prize for the just or medicine for sinners?
Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according to a new round of small group reports. “The majority without full consensus affirmed the current teaching and practice of the Church regarding the participation in the Eucharist of those who are divorced and civilly… Continue reading Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate
It’s now quite certain that Pope Francis’ big summit on family issues won’t endorse any changes to Church doctrine on the Church’s teaching about homosexuality or whether civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion. And yet, it seems, everything has changed. From the crucial role African bishops have played in the debate, to calls to remove… Continue reading Francis’ family synod: No changes, but everything has changed
The dispute between conservative Cardinal George Pell of Australia and the more liberal German bishops broke out into the open Wednesday, with the Germans saying they felt “dismay and sadness” that Pell had fostered division in the synod with his recent public remarks. The German bishops favor a proposal put forth by German Cardinal… Continue reading Synod dispute over Communion issue rachets up
The two most senior officials of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, the body’s president, and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas, the vice president. Both are elected delegates to the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family, and today Crux presents interviews with both men… Continue reading Moving too fast on divorce question could lead to fracture, Kurtz says
Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for ‘a new kind of pastoral creativity’ While Church doctrine must stay unchanged, an Australian archbishop has expressed his hope that the Synod of Bishops will the lead the Church to a genuine pastoral approach using a new language of mercy toward families, particularly those in difficult situations. Speaking at… Continue reading New pastoral approach does not change doctrine, Australian archbishop says