True pastoral work never contradicts doctrine, cardinal stresses

Rome, Italy, Oct 5, 2014 / 05:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As bishops from around the world prepare to discuss pastoral solutions to various challenges surrounding the family, German Cardinal Walter Brandmüller explained that these solutions cannot oppose Church teaching. “Under no circumstances can pastoral work be in contradiction with doctrine. Actions of the Church need to – if they want to be Catholic – correspond to faith and dogma,” he emphasized in an interview … [Read more...]

Taking Gospel seriously on marriage is not ‘rigid’ – it’s love

Rome, Italy, Oct 4, 2014 / 05:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The editor of a high-profile book on marriage said that adhering to Christ’s Gospel teachings on divorce is not harsh and mean-spirited, but rather a form of tough love aimed at the salvation of souls. “Mercy and truth and justice have to accord with one another,” said Fr. Robert Dodaro OSA, president of Rome’s Patristic Institute, the “Augustinianum,” as well as a specialist in patristics and a … [Read more...]

Cardinal Kasper: Adultery language is offensive, insulting

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 08:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In recent interviews, German Cardinal Walter Kasper suggested that while Church doctrine cannot change, it can be adapted and interpreted in different ways, and language can be softened when it is deemed offensive. If an individual divorces their spouse and enters a new civil marriage without an annulment, the second union is “not a sacramental one,” Cardinal Kasper acknowledged. “That’s clear. It’s not of … [Read more...]

Young men at ordination: ‘I can’t imagine a better way to live’

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Transitional deacons ordained this week in St. Peter’s Basilica shared their experience of overwhelming joy in serving God, which stems from a life of sacrifice that’s worth giving everything to live. “I went to George Washington University in D.C. and met great priests, friends and mentors, and they taught me that priesthood is something joyful, and wonderful and worth giving your life for,” Deacon Conrad Murphy of … [Read more...]

‘There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine’

Rome, Italy, Oct 3, 2014 / 02:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role as Pope, and will certainly carry forward a line of renewal in continuity, an archbishop and historian has said. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, said to CNA Oct. 1 that “Pope Francis cannot be a revolutionary; he … [Read more...]

Advice to new deacons: Renew your ‘yes’ to God every day

Rome, Italy, Oct 2, 2014 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl ordained 43 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College in Rome as deacons, reminding them to always be open to God and to live their new ministry with joy. “Dear deacons, never cease to be open to the call. Each day renew your resolve to say 'yes Lord. Here I am, Lord, send me,'” the cardinal told the new deacons during their Oct. 2 ordination Mass. “Your commitment to service … [Read more...]

Pro-euthanasia ruling axed due to plaintiff’s secret suicide

Strasbourg, France, Oct 2, 2014 / 12:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A woman’s lawsuit aiming to change European law on assisted suicide has been thrown out after revelations that she had secretly committed suicide three years ago, unbeknownst even to her lawyer. “She was dead one year and a half before the judgment of (a lower court),” Gregor Puppinck of the European Centre for Law and Justice said Sept. 30. “From the facts of the case, we find that the applicant’s … [Read more...]