Bishop issues pastoral letter on contraception: “We live in a world short on love”

Details from The Journal Star newspaper: Twenty-three years ago, Lincoln Catholic Diocese Bishop Glennon Flavin issued a letter to parishioners and physicians, decrying birth control as evil and immoral. He warned Catholic couples using contraception and the Catholic physicians prescribing it they were “committing grave sin.” On Tuesday, Bishop James Conley issued his own letter [Read More...]

New head of German bishops: revise rules for divorced and remarried Catholics

Details: The new leader of Germany’s Roman Catholic bishops called for a revision of the Church’s ban on divorced people who re-marry receiving Communion, in an interview published Sunday. Reinhard Marx, a close associate of Pope Francis who was elected head of the German Episcopal Conference on Wednesday, told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper that [Read More...]

Cardinal calls for “renewed” interpretation of Church teachings on marriage

From CNS:  In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a “renewed” interpretation of church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper said. “I propose a path that goes beyond [Read More...]

Pope Francis says Church must accompany, not condemn, those whose marriages fail

Vatican Radio reports on his homily this morning: 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 [Read More...]

Happily ever after: when a Catholic wedding takes place behind bars

From Carol Glatz at CNS comes this great heart-tugger of a story:  Even a jailed inmate can have a fairytale, Catholic wedding. The Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, ran a lovely story of one couple’s journey of preparation for the sacrament of marriage. It’s not your typical scenario: the couple had been together for 27 years, had [Read More...]

A coming compromise on annulments?

Maybe, according to John Allen in The Boston Globe:  Sometimes mocked as “Catholic divorce,” an annulment is a declaration by a church court that a marriage never existed in the first place because one of the conditions for validity wasn’t satisfied, such as free consent by both parties. Facing that tension, a compromise may be [Read More...]

Pope Francis to engaged couples: “Living together is an art summarized in three words: please, thanks and sorry”

To mark St. Valentine’s Day, the pope held a special audience for engaged couples this morning. He offered some wonderful insight and advice. Vatican Radio has the scoop:  Ten thousand engaged couples from all over the world gathered today, on the feast of St. Valentine, in St. Peter’s Square to consider the vocation of marriage, [Read More...]

For church workers: 7 warning signs of an affair

A writer at the Christian Post applies this to pastors and church workers—but there’s a lot here for everyone to chew on: The conversation is always sad, always tragic. The pastor who left his church after a two-year affair with another church member. The student pastor who has been out of vocational ministry since he [Read More...]

One of Italy’s hottest bridal salons? A monastery in Cascia

Photo: Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times Once again, tough economic times have people turning to the Church for help. From The New York Times:  The seamstress gently fastened the ivory-colored silk-covered buttons of the lace corset. She took out the embroidered veil and laid it over the bride-to-be’s long black hair. Girlfriends and [Read More...]

Vatican says Valentine’s Day date with Pope Francis is being moved outdoors due to demand

The much-ballyhooed event was to be held in the Paul VI Audience Hall (seen here) but will now take place outside, in St. Peter’s Square:  In a note, the Pontifical Council for the Family states that there are already more than 17,000 young people signed up for the audience with the Pope. Organizers say the [Read More...]