Cardinal Burke – In or Out?


Buzzfeed has an interview with Cardinal Burke which makes it sound like he's out. Sorta. But read carefully. Is he confirming a rumor or is it more? Nothing is formal. Then again, Pope Francis never confirmed him in his position as head of the Apostolic Signatura. Vatican watchers would be better able to judge the significance of that. For example, who else has not been confirmed in their positions? Read carefully this section from Buzzfeed: In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed … [Read more...]

3 Things You Can Expect From Synod 14.


Here are three things you can expect from the Synod - Rome is a colorful place, to say the least, and it has certainly left its stamp on the Vatican.Chaos. The Vatican is not Italian. It's Roman. Do not try to impose your standards on it. You want Romans to be in charge of things like food, fashion, all things epicurean and aesthetic. They do bureaucracy well if you think bureaucracy is a good thing in the first place, hence a Vatican that almost everyone acknowledges needs to be … [Read more...]

The Annulment Process: A Right And A Healing


Here's a thought - maybe the annulment process can be a good and healing experience.Last week, I posted a guest perspective from Christine Cavanaugh, an annulment advocate in Seattle. Christine compared the apprehension that people feel about the annulment process to the feelings that they have about a root canal. I was struck by that because the concept of root canal is worse than the procedure itself.Based on colloquial expressions I thought that a root canal was one of the worst … [Read more...]

Marriage is – Gasp – a Sexual Sacrament.


The National Post  seems to be having a bit of fun with the response of a couple that has been married 55 years and recently gave their testimony at the extraordinary synod of bishops: “The little things we did for each other, the telephone calls and love notes, the way we planned our day around each other and the things we shared were outward expressions of our longing to be intimate with each other,” the couple said in a joint statement to the closed meeting late Monday.“Gradually we came … [Read more...]

Advice From An Annulment Advocate


The following is a guest post from Christine Cavanaugh, an Annulment Advocate in Seattle, Washington. Since we've heard a lot from experts in opinion but not quite as much from the experts who are actually involved in the process, I asked her for her insights. Here you go! Constructive and charitable comments always welcome in the com-boxes. When Catholics or RCIA candidates walk into a parish office to meet with an annulment advocate, they display all the eagerness of someone … [Read more...]

Why I’m Grateful to Cardinal Kasper: “Remaining in the Truth of Christ.”


I am grateful to Cardinal Kasper. Indeed, I've long had a particular respect for him because I often attended daily Mass that he reverently offered at Santa Maria in Trastevere, a beautiful ancient Roman church with a vibrant parish community. He was usually assisted by seminarians and he was consistently emphatic in his teaching and formation of the seminarians even during the Mass.That made a lasting impression on me. I saw that he was a priest who took the sacrifice of the Mass very … [Read more...]