BREAKING: Vatican to announce annulment reforms Tuesday

In characteristically awkward translation, from the Vatican press office: The attention of journalists that tomorrow, Tuesday, September 8, 2015 , at 12.00 am , in the Hall “John Paul II” of the Holy See Press Office, will be held the press conference of presentation of the two letters datae motu proprio of Pope Francesco Mitis iudex Dominus Iesus and Mitis et Misericors Iesus, on the reform of [Read More...]

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Some proposals for allowing divorced and remarried to receive Communion

From CNS:  The discussion at last year’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family was lively — some media coverage made it sound like a battle — and a new book from the Pontifical Council for the Family shows the debate continues. “Family and Church: An Indissoluble Bond,” published this summer only in Italian, is [Read More...]

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Catholic deacon presiding at a lesbian wedding in Mississippi?

This popped up in my newsfeed this morning: part of a profile of writer, stand-up comic and cancer survivor Tig Notaro—who, not insignificantly, happens to be gay. She’s also about to get married to her longtime girlfriend, Stephanie: When Stephanie comes up, Tig’s face softens and she can’t help but smile. “We’re inseparable,” she says. [Read More...]

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When a Catholic marries a non-Catholic: what about the kids?

Recently this question popped up in a newspaper column by Rabbi Marc Gellman: Our children attended religious school and were bar and bat mitzvahed. Our son, now 30, has been dating a wonderful woman for two years and they’re contemplating marriage. She’s Catholic and wants her children to be baptized and confirmed. Our son wants [Read More...]

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Pope: divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, should participate in the life of the Church

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis resumed his General Audiences on Wednesday, following the summer holiday. In his catechesis, the Holy Father continued his teaching on the family, reflecting on the situation of those who have divorced and entered into a second union. “The Church knows well,” he said, “that such a situation contradicts the Christian Sacrament.” [Read More...]

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Latin Mass dating?

A reader sent me this link, which has the following brief description: You are unwed and want to marry? Get to know traditional Catholics all over the world. Find your match and start a big family. Latin-Mass-Dating.com is for all traditional Catholics – regardless where they attend the Traditional Latin Mass (Diocesan priests, religious communities, [Read More...]

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A priest’s wife tells her story

Over at CNEWA, we’ve just posted online the Summer edition of our award-winning magazine, ONE. The issue features a fascinating glimpse into the life of a married Orthodox priest in suburban Chicago —who, to support his growing family, works nights at a nearby factory: As the city of Chicago prepares for bed, the Rev. Sharbel [Read More...]

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Splitsville: a Chicago parish helps couples cope with divorce

This sounds like a parish ministry whose time has come:  Mary Margaret O’Connor had a hard time sitting in church after her divorce. She tried one parish after another, but was distracted by the families filling the pews around her. “It was just another painful reminder of what I had lost,” said O’Connor. Friends told [Read More...]

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“Confessions of a Minister’s Wife”

How many women married to deacons (or priests?) could relate to this? From Huffington Post, writer Rita Davis unloads:  Being married to a minister was not something I had on my to-do list. I just happened to fall in love with a guy who also carried the title, “Reverend.” According to my mother, I used [Read More...]

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Did Pope Francis say he approves of divorce?

Some people seem to think so. It popped up repeatedly in headlines last week. Huffington Post, for example, posted a story by RNS with this headline: “Pope Francis Says Divorce May Be ‘Morally Necessary’ To Protect Kids. The New York Post also reported: “Pope Francis: Divorce can be ‘morally necessary’” The story itself, however, is more [Read More...]

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