The Eucharist: A prize for the just or medicine for sinners?

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?

Francis’ family synod: No changes, but everything has changed

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

Moving too fast on divorce question could lead to fracture, Kurtz says

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

A synod conversation with Catholic Africa’s lion in winter

ROME — Supposedly Pope Paul VI once flirted with the idea of naming patriarchs for each of the world’s continents, as a step towards greater local control. Although the concept never went anywhere, if it had a strong contender for Africa over the past couple of decades, it probably would have been Nigeria’s Cardinal Francis… Continue reading A synod conversation with Catholic Africa’s lion in winter

NJ archbishop sets strict rules barring Catholics from the sacraments

ROME — Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around the world debate ways to make the Catholic Church more inclusive, Newark Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who, for example, support gay marriage or join an organization that rejects Church teaching. In the two-page memo,… Continue reading NJ archbishop sets strict rules barring Catholics from the sacraments

Seeing Pope Francis as shock therapy for the Catholic Church

ROME — For Catholics accustomed to traditional ways of doing things, Pope Francis is undeniably a shock to the system. A summit of bishops from around the world over which he’s currently presiding in Rome is a classic case in point, because Catholics just aren’t used to seeing differences among their leaders play out so… Continue reading Seeing Pope Francis as shock therapy for the Catholic Church

Is the synod’s focus too Western? Even bishops don’t seem to know

ROME — As delegates continue to find their footing during the early stages of the Synod on the Family, Thursday’s press briefing showed that the range of topics under consideration is wide, and that some disagreements about what should, and shouldn’t, be discussed are emerging. Archbishop Charles G. Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, asserted the strength… Continue reading Is the synod’s focus too Western? Even bishops don’t seem to know

Archbishop Coleridge says synod 65/35 against Communion for the divorced and remarried

ROME – An Australian archbishop taking part in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family says that if the idea of allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to return to Communion were put to a straight up or down vote right now, it would probably lose by a margin of 65 percent to 35… Continue reading Archbishop Coleridge says synod 65/35 against Communion for the divorced and remarried

Pope Francis is playing with house money in betting on the 2015 Synod

ROME — In the abstract, Pope Francis might have reason to be a bit nervous that his much-ballyhooed Synod of Bishops on the family, an Oct. 4-25 summit he’s been touting as a potentially defining moment of his papacy for almost two years, might be about to run off the rails. We’ve already had confirmation,… Continue reading Pope Francis is playing with house money in betting on the 2015 Synod

On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

ROME — When the first Synod of Bishops on the family got underway last October, conservatives concerned with upholding traditional doctrine appeared caught off guard by a progressive push on several fronts, including relaxing the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. The leading symbol of that disorientation was the… Continue reading On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

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