Streamlined annulment process announced: one sentence, one judge, “brevity”

The official word, via Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis issued two Apostolic Letters motu proprio on Tuesday, by which he introduced reforms to the legal structures of the Church, which deal with questions of marital nullity. One of the Letters motu proprio, known by its Latin title, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus – or “The Lord Jesus, [Read More...]

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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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Leah Remini posts pictures of daughter’s baptism, celebrates “new beginning”

The actress best known for her role in “The King of Queens” made headlines when she very publicly left the Church of Scientology two years ago. Friday, she had her 10-year-old daughter baptized. Details:  Remini, best known for her role as Carrie Heffernan on the CBS sitcom “The King of Queens,” shared a couple of snapshots from [Read More...]

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In Germany: “Muslim refugees converting in droves”

Some stunning and hopeful news, courtesy The Anchoress:  Tertullian said “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.” I couldn’t help but remember that, and the Coptic Martyrs, as I read this report from the AP: At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves… Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy [Read More...]

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One woman’s story: “When my abortion is forgiven by the Catholic church, I will be free…”

One person’s anonymous testimony: I grew up hearing all sorts of mythology from parishioners about our faith and abortion; that it was an “unforgivable sin”; that it condemned you to hell; that you are automatically excommunicated and no longer “Catholic.” Unfortunately, those misconceptions are common, and while I am at peace with my standing before God, [Read More...]

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Vatican: transsexuals cannot be godparents

From Catholic News Agency:  A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese’s bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer. After writing to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about the issue [Read More...]

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For Year of Mercy, pope allows all priests to grant absolution for abortion, permits confession with SSPX priests

From a long letter on the jubilee issued today: The tragedy of abortion is experienced by some with a superficial awareness, as if not realizing the extreme harm that such an act entails. Many others, on the other hand, although experiencing this moment as a defeat, believe that they have no other option. I think in [Read More...]

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At the World Meeting of Families: How do you give communion to a million people?

View image | gettyimages.com Here’s an interesting glimpse behind the scenes, from Philly.com—including a detail that has lately been making the rounds on social media: that the pope is expected to say Mass in Latin. Read on:  When more than 1,500 priests and deacons descend from Pope Francis’ altar on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway next month [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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