I’m sure there are tasteful ways to incorporate a newborn baby into a wedding. This isn’t one of them.

In a sling sewn into a wedding gown, being dragged down the aisle by the bride (who is, of course, also the mother). Kathy Schiffer has the scoop.   [Read more...]

Report: Pope phoned divorced and remarried woman to say she can receive communion—UPDATED

Details:  Pope Francis has phoned a divorced and remarried Catholic woman in Argentina to tell her that she could “safely receive Communion”,according to an extraordinary report in La Stampa. The woman’s husband, writing on Facebook, claims that the Pope – introducing himself as “Father Bergoglio” – spoke to his wife, who’d been divorced before marrying [Read More...]

Ohio couple married 70 years die just hours apart

From The New York Daily News:  They held hands at breakfast, even after 70 years of marriage. And when Helen Felumlee left this life at the age of 92, her beloved husband followed in her footsteps less than a day later. “We knew that when one went, the other was going to go,” daughter Linda Cody [Read More...]

Bishop: Pope Francis says married men could be ordained priests, if bishops want it

From The Tablet in London:  A bishop who met with Pope Francis in a rare private audience on 4 April has said in an interview that the two men discussed the issue of the ordination of “proven” married men – viri probati – in a serious and positive way. Bishop Erwin Kräutler, Bishop of Xingu in the [Read More...]

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...]


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