Maradiaga Praises Pope as a “Man of Dialogue Even in the Face of Hostility”

This Monday saw the beginning, in Madrid, of a week in homage to Cardinal Vicente Enrique y Tarancón, one of the great heroes of the Spanish transition from the Franco dictatorship to modern democracy. Following a Mass in memory of the Cardinal in the parish of San Antón -the famous 24/7 ‘church of the poor’ in the heart of the capital- Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, remembered Tarancón as a man “who lived for God”, and,… Read more

Pope Calls For “Responsible Closeness” To Sick… And To Divorcees Too?

Embed from Getty Images A moving message was made public today from Pope Francis to the European Regional Meeting of the World Medical Association on end-of-life issues at the Vatican, in which the Bishop of Rome states that “the categorical imperative is to never abandon the sick”. When dealing with the ill, and especially with the dying, writes the Pope, “the supreme commandment of responsible closeness must be kept uppermost in mind, as we see clearly from the Gospel story… Read more

Cardinal Marx: Francis Thinking About Abolishing Clerical Celibacy

Embed from Getty Images Are we near the end of compulsory clerical celibacy? The whispers have been in the wind for a month, at least since the Pope called the Pan-Amazonian Synod of Bishops for October of 2019, but only now are we closer to what really might be Francis’ thinking on the issue with words spoken last week by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of the Bishop of Rome’s right-hand men. The archbishop of Munich and Freising spoke last Friday… Read more

Müller Slights the Pope and Backpedals (Again) on the Interpretation of ‘Amoris Laetitia’

Embed from Getty Images “No, no change and no demolishing the dubia… the dubia are authoritative and clearly legitimate”. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has contradicted himself, yet again, on the question of the interpretation of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation that opens the door to the reception of communion by the divorced and civilly remarried. “Unfortunately,” Müller says in a new interview in La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana, “some… Read more

Vatican: “New Vision Is Priest As Father, Not Intellectual”

The Secretary for Seminaries of the Congregation for Clergy in the Vatican, Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, has warned the French bishops against “spiritual worldliness” in the training of their seminarians, calling instead for the “best priests” of their respective French dioceses to be allocated to houses of formation in order to educate “missionary disciples”. “Rome has made this request because we have observed that priests who have had a particularly meticulous and thorough formation inspire others to become priests… Read more

The Church Mustn’t Tolerate Political Prisoners in Catalonia

Embed from Getty Images Breaking news this Thursday afternoon from Catalonia as a Spanish High Court judge orders the Catalonian deputy premier, Oriol Junqueras, and seven other ministers of the regional cabinet be taken into pre-trial custody, in the wake of the Catalonian declaration of independence last Friday. I don’t usually agree with much in the Catholic Herald, but today – knowing that there are now political prisoners in the country I’ve called home for the past seven years – I make… Read more

Catalonian Independence: “Simplistic” Attitudes on What is Spanish Must Change

Today on the blog we return to Spain, where we’ll look at some Church reactions to the news that broke last Friday, when the regional parliament of Catalonia voted to declare itself independent from Spain and the central government in Madrid replied by suspending its autonomy, elected leaders and police officials. Embed from Getty Images Archbishop of Barcelona: “My heart weeps” Only a few prelates have so far spoken out on the new developments, and one of them has been… Read more

“Sharia Law in Porto” as Bible Gets Man Off for Domestic Violence

“The Bible” apparently provides license, in Portugal, for a man to abuse his wife. This is the conclusion that the judges of the Court of Appeals of Porto have reached in a case in which a husband beat his wife half to death with a nail-spiked club while the woman’s former lover, who had kidnapped her, held her down. Not content with the suspended sentence of 15 months and a fine of about $2,000 handed down against the husband, a… Read more

Hit on Maltese Journalist Spurs Church to Defense of the Press

Embed from Getty Images Consternation in Malta and around the world this week after the car-bomb slaying on Monday of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist who had published various exposés on corruption among senior Maltese politicians and businessmen, including Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Typical of the global reaction was the telegram sent by Pope Francis to the archbishop of Malta, Charles Scicluna, in which the pontiff, “saddened by the tragic death” of the reporter, conveyed “his spiritual closeness to… Read more

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