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  • Pope insists conscience, not rules, must lead faithful

    04/08/2016 5:58:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 8:07 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest issues facing the faithful. In a major church document entitled “The Joy of Love,” Francis made no explicit change in church doctrine and upheld church teaching on the lifelong bond of marriage between a man and a woman. But in selectively citing his predecessors and emphasizing his own teachings in strategically placed footnotes, Francis made innovative openings in...
  • Who Won the Synod?

    10/27/2015 12:33:33 PM PDT · by LovedSinner · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/26/2015 | Ross Douthat
    No, look, what actually happened is that conservatives won what was probably the closest thing to victory that they could have hoped for, given that 1) the pope was against them, and 2) the pope stacked the governing and writing committees and the voting ranks, and did I mention that 3) the pope was against them....So the journalists covering the synod document as a setback for the innovators (and, because he elevated them, the pontiff) are mostly correct, given their ambitions going in. But so, in a certain way, are the journalists covering it as a kind of cracked-door to...
  • Pope Francis says half of marriages today are invalid. He's wrong.

    05/22/2014 7:38:39 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 79 replies
    The Week ^ | 5/20/14 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    T o much fanfare in the press, Pope Francis has started a "dialogue" about the Catholic Church's marriage practices. The part that has received the most attention is whether civilly divorced and civilly remarried Catholics should be admitted to Holy Communion, without having to abandon their second marriage, which the church recognizes as continuing adultery. This issue will be addressed by the bishops of the Catholic Church at a "Synod on the Family" over this year and next. Unfortunately, the pope's favorite theologian and the pope himself have initiated this discussion in a befogging cloud of pessimism. The pope is...
  • Remarried Divorcees "Not Excommunicated", Pope Francis Tells Church

    08/05/2015 7:09:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 80 replies
    NDTV ^ | August 5, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    VATICAN CITY: Divorced people who have remarried "are still part of the Church" and should not be treated as if they have been excommunicated or cast out, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Speaking ahead of a highly anticipated global meeting on family life in October, he said "awareness that a brotherly and attentive welcome... is needed towards those who... have established a new relationship after the failure of a marriage, has greatly increased".
  • Cardinal Kasper Says Francis Did Not Approve his Communion Proposal

    06/04/2015 6:32:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/4/15 | Staff Reporter
    The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTNCardinal Walter Kasper has clarified that Pope Francis did not approve his proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion after a period of penance. The cardinal made the remarks in an interview with EWTN during a visit to the United States. He said the Pope wanted him to “put the question”, and that afterwards he “expressed his satisfaction with my talk”. But he added: “I wouldn’t say he approved the proposal, no, no, no.” The remarks appear to represent a backtracking from earlier comments....
  • Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness...A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

    01/22/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from all the suffering that comes from sin.Jesus exhibits this in His person, for He who is love insists on moral...
  • My Plea “I’m a Divorced and Remarried Mother. Please, Don’t Change Church Practice.”

    11/04/2014 10:45:38 AM PST · by sitetest · 144 replies
    First Things ^ | November 3, 2014 | Luma Simms
    The day my soul became Catholic was the day I found out that as a divorced and remarried woman I could not receive Communion. Tears of sorrow and joy flowed. Sorrow because I had by then grasped the truth of transubstantiation, only to find I couldn’t consume, and joy because at last we found the ground of real authority—his Church, the one he founded, the one tasked to keep all he taught her Apostles. I came to Catholicism from Calvinism. That’s a tough row to hoe if there ever was one. It was that prescient and beautiful encyclical Humanae Vitae...
  • Kasper’s Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    David Mills/Patheos ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Mills
    In his writings and talk on marriage, Cardinal Walter Kasper remains ambiguous but, or rather therefore, untrustworthy. He writes like a man trying to pull a fast one. Steven J. Kovacs notes in a New Oxford Review review of Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family (the emphasis is mine): Cardinal Kasper correctly notes that someone in such a situation requires the sacrament of penance before receiving Holy Communion. Our Lord Himself said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mk. 10:11-12). The Church...
  • October 13, 2014: The Day That Will Be Remembered for Starting the Catholic Schism?

    10/14/2014 9:10:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Two Hearts Press ^ | 10/13/14 | Dr. Kelly Bowring
    Will today be remembered as the first day that led to the Church’s prophesied schism? Quite likely yes. By many accounts people are waking up to see that the Family Synod of October 2014 is an officially Vatican-orchestrated work of manipulation. The mid-way report was released, October 13th, a day of great spiritual significance. This report has been called an “earthquake” by one Catholic reporter, and “one of the worst official documents drafted in Church history” by John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family. He went on to say: “We urge Catholics not to be complacent or give in...
  • The Secret Synod Does What We Expected: Evil

    10/14/2014 5:49:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/13/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As if we didn’t know it before, today we learned why the Secret Synod was conducted in secret, with the faithful not being permitted to see the texts of the participants’ addresses or even to know which bishop or cardinal was advancing which position. The Secret Synod was conducted in secret because evil advances in shadows. Many others, and not just traditionalists, have already expressed outrage over the disastrous “Relatio post disceptationem,” which appeared on the Vatican website today, October 13. This is the anniversary of Pope Leo’s vision of Satan’s attack on the Church (leading to his composition of...
  • Why not Communion for polygamists if we give it to divorced and remarried?: South African Cardinal

    10/13/2014 5:30:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Hilary White
    If someone in Germany who is divorced and civilly remarried can receive Communion without being expected to change his lifestyle, why can’t someone in Africa who is “married” to two women do so as well? That’s the question that Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, South Africa, asked in a recent interview with Catholic News Service. Napier added that a better way forward for the Church than the recommendation made by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper is to recommend the traditional Christian practice of fortitude in the face of suffering; the carrying of the cross. “Jesus didn’t say ‘I...
  • Why not Communion for polygamists if we give it to divorced and remarried?: So Af Cardinal

    10/10/2014 4:07:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Hilary White
    If someone in Germany who is divorced and civilly remarried can receive Communion without being expected to change his lifestyle, why can’t someone in Africa who is “married” to two women do so as well?That’s the question that Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, South Africa, asked in a recent interview with Catholic News Service. Napier added that a better way forward for the Church than the recommendation made by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper is to recommend the traditional Christian practice of fortitude in the face of suffering; the carrying of the cross. “Jesus didn’t say ‘I want...
  • Synod on Family to end with a text voted on by the Fathers

    10/04/2014 9:08:15 AM PDT · by scouter · 3 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 10/3/2014 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    "The 'Relatio Post Disceptationem' produced at the end of the first week will form the basis for the work that will follow in the second week in the 'circuli minores' and which the Synod Fathers will examine before the concluding 'Relatio Synodi' document is published. This final document will be sent to the Holy Father," the Tuscan cardinal said. The 'Relatio Synodi' differs from the concluding messages usually published at the end of every synodal assembly (this time Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi has been asked to write the message). It replaces the proposals ... the Synod Fathers usually sent the Pope...
  • Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book [Fessio! Speaks!]

    09/20/2014 10:11:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    CNA ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | CNA staff
    Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s position on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. The French Catholic newspaper La Croix said Sept. 17 that “a senior source close to the Argentine Pope” claimed that Pope Francis would be “annoyed by the publication of this collective work.” However, sources close to the Pope denied this claim, telling CNA that the Pope is not even aware of the book. The book, from Ignatius Press, is titled “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in...
  • Marriage, Divorce, and Communion - An Interview with Cardinal Thomas Collins

    06/25/2014 6:47:21 PM PDT · by scouter · 34 replies
    Fr. Robert Barron's Word On Fire ^ | 6/25/2014 | Brandon Vogt
    It is always assumed by the Church that Couples are truly, or "validly" married. The burden of proof is on anyone who says that they are not... One thing that would help would be if all of us realized that receiving communion is not obligatory at Mass... Lot's of good stuff in this interview.
  • Pope Francis: accompany, don't condemn, those who have experience failure in marriage

    02/28/2014 11:23:36 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies ^ | February 28, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta residence in the Vatican this morning. In remarks following the readings of the day, the Holy Father focused on the beauty of marriage and warned that the Church must accompany – not condemn – those who experience failure in married life. He explained that Christ is the Bridegroom of the Church, and therefore you cannot understand one without the Other. The Holy Father also warned against giving in to the temptation to entertain “special pleading” in questions regarding marriage. The Pharisees, he noted, present Jesus with...
  • Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried

    02/28/2014 3:50:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals. Jesus' teaching on the indissolubility of sacramental marriage is clear, the retired German cardinal said, and it would harm individuals and the church to pretend otherwise. However, "after the shipwreck of sin, the shipwrecked person should not have a second boat at his or her...
  • “Secret” Kasper speech to see the light of day

    02/28/2014 5:50:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    U.S. Catholic ^ | Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
    After a week of wrangling over a Vatican decision to keep it secret, the German Catholic book publisher Herder announced today (Feb. 27) that on March 10 it would publish in book format Cardinal Walter Kasper’s two-hour keynote address at last week’s meeting of the College of Cardinals in Rome. Although Pope Francis had publicly praised Kasper’s speech on the theology of the family for its “profound theology” and “clear thinking,” the Vatican has so far only released a brief summary of the two-hour talk. Earlier this week, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, a member of the “G-8” Council of...
  • The Dangerous Pressure for Change in Church Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage

    02/25/2014 6:42:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 2/24/14 | Phil Lawler
    As the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops draws near, we’ll hear more and more about one question: Whether Catholics who are divorced and remarried should be allowed to receive the Eucharist. Clearly this is the question on the minds of reporters, the question being posed by liberal bishops, the question that agitates Catholics especially in the German-speaking countries. But this is not the question being asked by Pope Francis, or the question that was asked by Pope Benedict before him. Both Pontiffs spoke about the need to provide pastoral care for Catholics in these irregular unions. They both...
  • Pope Francis calls for flexibility, patience as he opens talks on church teaching

    02/21/2014 10:14:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 85 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | February 20, 2014 | David Gibson
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb. 20) opened a major two-day meeting on the church’s approach to the complexities of modern family life, telling the world’s Catholic cardinals that the church needs a “pastoral” approach that is “intelligent, courageous and full of love” and not focused on abstract arguments. In brief introductory remarks released by the Vatican, Francis pushed the closed-door summit of about 150 cardinals to “deepen the theology of the family and discern the pastoral practices which our present situation requires.” He asked that they do so “thoughtfully” and by keeping the focus on “the beauty...
  • Cardinal Schönborn: Pope Francis has already changed church

    02/07/2014 6:29:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | February 7, 2014 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    "It is fascinating to see how Pope Francis is encouraging, reviving and renewing the church. Our meeting with him was an excellent lesson on how to live the Gospel today," Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said after a 90-minute audience with the pope during the Austrian bishops' "ad limina" visit to the Vatican in the last week of January. The Austrian bishops took the results of the recent Vatican questionnaire to Rome with them. Responses showed that 95 percent of those who had filled out the questionnaire in Austria were in favor of allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive...
  • CDF prefect on divorced and remarried Catholics and Communion

    10/24/2013 6:20:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 23, 2013 | Catherine Harmon
    Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS photo) Amid speculation that next year’s Synod of Bishops will discuss the possibility of allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has published a lengthy article arguing from Scripture and Church tradition that they cannot. The piece by Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller was published in today’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano, and comes on the heels of the Vatican’s expressing disapproval of a move by the Archdiocese of Freiburg, Germany to allow...
  • Testing Limits: Diocese Opens Door to Communion for the Remarried

    The archdiocese of Freiburg recently signalled a willingness to allow remarried divorcées to receive communion. While far from revolutionary, the move reflects a desire to change doctrine long considered out of touch with reality. ... Catholic laity have long pressured the church to rethink its doctrine on several issues, and remarriage often lands near the top of the priority list. A dialogue with church leaders was praised on both sides, but there was no chance of real reform under Pope Benedict XVI and the conservative-dominated leadership of German Catholicism. But now discussion is brewing again in Freiburg, but this time...
  • How can a man be the husband of 2 wives if the 1st wife was put away for adultery? (Mt. 5)?

    01/28/2013 10:46:27 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 55 replies
    1/28/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    This may seem like a round about way of dealing with this topic, and it does get your attention, but the scriptures are clear on this (adultery/marital unfaithfulness): Jesus said that a man would leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two would be one flesh. Jesus also said (Matthew chapter 5) that a man (or woman) may put away their mate for marital unfaithfulness and remarry. In light of this, since Jesus sanctioned the remarriage, and would not consider the former mate to be the man's wife any longer, this man can be a...
  • Missing Woman's Husband Remarrying

    05/26/2011 1:43:06 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies ^ | May 26, 2011 | Deb Stanley
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The husband of a woman who disappeared in March is getting married this weekend, according to KKTV-TV. Deborah Ann Heriford, 51, has been missing since March 31. She was last seen walking her dog. The dog was found roaming by a business close to her house.
  • Time Magazine Rethinks Scripture on Divorce, Separation and Remarriage

    11/07/2007 9:51:15 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 601+ views
    American Papist ^ | November 6, 2007 | Thomas Peters
    The fact-pattern: Christianity Today publishes an article entitled "When to Separate What God has Joined: A Closer Reading on the Bible on Divorce" which attempted to revise the biblical teaching on these questions so that it could be reconciled to the modern prevalence of divorce in secular societies well as Evangelical circles. David Van Biema covers the story for Time magazine, and it has become one of the most popular articles being read on the Internet. My take: A false assumption plagues this piece from the outset (all underlining mine): Last month, the cover story of the monthly Christianity...
  • Giuliani’s Catholic chameleon campaign

    08/11/2007 9:57:32 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 640+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Aug 10, 2007 | CNA
    Giuliani’s Catholic chameleon campaign Washington DC, Aug 10, 2007 / 10:51 am (CNA).- Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani seems to want to have it both ways when it comes to being Catholic. As he campaigns for president, the Republican frontrunner brings up his Catholic background occasionally but refuses to say whether or not he is a practicing Catholic. When a voter asked this week if he is a ''traditional, practicing Roman Catholic,'' Giuliani insisted his faith should be private, according to the AP. ''My religious affiliation, my religious practices and the degree to which I am a good or not-so-good Catholic,...
  • The private Giuliani tests the public's tolerance (2 marriages/'messy' divorce)

    05/08/2007 12:32:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 918+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 7, 2007 | Paul Lieberman
    Rudolph W. Giuliani's first inauguration as mayor here was a family affair. His 7-year-old son, Andrew, mugged for the cameras as Papa Rudy toasted his television hostess wife, Donna, as "my partner, my inspiration and my lover." Then daughter Caroline, 4, hid behind her hat as the couple kissed that Jan. 2, 1994. Thirteen years later, that familial unit is nowhere to be seen in the Giuliani presidential campaign. The once rambunctious Andrew, now a burly Duke sophomore, has indicated that he has no plans to stump for his father — he's too busy working on his golf game. Neither...
  • What Does the Bible Teach about Who May Divorce and Remarry?

    02/08/2007 10:52:17 AM PST · by bremenboy · 27 replies · 595+ views
    Divorce and remarriage have become common as civil law allows no-fault divorce. A husband or wife may dissolve a marriage for almost any grounds and remarry, regardless of the will of their spouse. The result is that many people marry without considering the teaching of the Bible. Is fornication (or adultery) the only Scriptural grounds for divorce, or does the gospel allow marriage to be dissolved for other grounds? Please consider this careful study of the Biblical teaching. Introduction: Many forces in society defend the practice of easy divorce. Divorce laws in America are so lax that almost anyone can...
  • Marriage, in the Beginning

    10/08/2006 9:43:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies · 700+ views ^ | 10-07-06 | Fr. Jerome Magat
    by Fr. Jerome Magat Other Articles by Fr. Jerome Magat Marriage, in the Beginning 10/07/06 Of all the moral teachings that our Lord gave us during His time on earth, He was never more specific in His instruction than when He discussed marriage. The Pharisees tested Jesus on this particular teaching by referencing the law that permitted divorce which had been given to them through Moses. In order to fulfill the law, our blessed Lord both explains the rationale behind the concession that Moses made in regards to divorce and elevates our understanding of marriage by returning us to an original...
  • Open Questions: Communion for Divorced and Remarried Persons

    07/25/2006 6:40:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 85 replies · 1,124+ views ^ | July 25, 2006 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, July 25, 2006 – In the latest issue of “Teologia,” the journal of the Theological Faculty of Milan and Northern Italy, Alberto Bonandi proposes a new “path” for admitting to communion, under particular conditions, divorced and remarried Catholics. Bonandi, a priest of the diocese of Mantua, teaches fundamental moral theology and is one of the most authoritative theologians in his field. In 2003, he was among the main participants, together with cardinals Georges Cottier, Angelo Scola, Francis George, Camillo Ruini, and Joseph Ratzinger, at a conference organized in Rome by the Pontifical Lateran University on John Paul II’s encyclical...
  • Can I Divorce and Remarry?

    07/22/2005 8:40:23 AM PDT · by Frumanchu · 162 replies · 1,941+ views
    Reformed Answers ^ | Ra McLaughlin
    Can I Divorce and Remarry? Question I am unhappily married and have several small children. My husband comes from an abusive background, and although he has not physically abused me or our children, he is extremely controlling and impossible to please. He has deeply wounded me emotionally, and I have kept it quiet to protect his reputation. Finally, I told him that I could not go on, and that I would be divorcing him. I did not file for divorce, but I was planning to. Sometime after this, I fell in love with another man and had an affair. This other...
  • Some perspective on the Annulment Crisis

    10/27/2003 12:47:07 PM PST · by Hermann the Cherusker · 58 replies · 2,150+ views
    From: milford@e... Date: Thu Aug 16, 2001 2:42 pm Subject: Some perspective on the Annulment Crisis Greetings! I am attaching the transcript of a thread initiated by one of our listmembers on another list, namely CDLEO, concerning annulments. Of particular interest to me, is how it illustrates the misleading nature of statistics, and the need to treat the illness, rather than the symptoms -- in this case, through better marriage preparation. Funny how some of the intellectual giants in the "orthodox" Catholic press never picked up on this. DLA '54 + + + From: pete_vere@y... Date: Fri Aug 10, 2001...
  • Divorce and Remarriage: Call it what Jesus calls it … Adultery!

    11/23/2002 5:07:20 PM PST · by Ex-Wretch · 162 replies · 788+ views
    11-23-02 | Ex-Wretch
    Mal. 2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Jesus told the woman at the well (John 4:18). John the Baptist told Herod (Matt. 14:4). Up until as recently as 50 years ago, divorce and remarriage was well acknowledged as adultery. What has changed? It hasn’t been the Word of God! The Word of God is quick and, sharper than a two-edged sword! Those who fear God and are led by...