A Clarification: Difficult Times, Difficult Thoughts

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Some clarifications. There were some who took exception to my calling the pope “wrong” yesterday. I want to be clear: I believe it was a mistake to open up a rejected proposal for debate and bring discredited theologians and leaders back into prominence. Most troubling is his personal support of Cardinal Danneels, which is inexcusable and reflects very [Read More...]

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Benedict and the Bishops on Communion for the Divorced

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The current synod is certainly not the first synod to consider the issue of communion for the divorced and remarried. In October 2005 the synod kicked around these issues, and in February 2007 Pope Benedict XVI published the post-synodal apostolic exhortation Sacramentum caritatis (the Sacrament of Charity). Note well the long passage of time between synod [Read More...]

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Verdict on German Plan?: “Schismatical, heretical.”

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At the Register this week, I write about an idea floated by the German episcopate to go their own way on matters of “pastoral care” and damn what the Universal Church has to say. Trent’s already rendered the verdict on this approach, and pretending “pastoral care” isn’t the same as “discipline” doesn’t make it any less of [Read More...]

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Podcast: Synod, Tarot, The Dark Lord, and Me

This week’s radio show with Dark Lord Mark Shea and me was really well received, even though I talked about those eviiiiil tarot cards. Mark’s been wanting to do this show for a year, and he figured it was a good fit for October. So he let me ramble on for an our We spend [Read More...]

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What Happened at the Secret Synod Planning Session?

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Edward Pentin has done some first rate reporting on the factions forming to push through radical change in the Church’s unchangeable moral teaching. He has a new story in the National Catholic Register* about a secret meeting that took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with “the aim of urging ‘pastoral innovations’ at the upcoming Synod of [Read More...]

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