Why Yes, I Do Think Reforms of Annulment Process Are Needed – UPDATED

The thing I appreciate about hate mail is that, while it usually comes my way because someone on the internet is holding me up as an example of Bad Catholicism (with all of the attendant inaccuracies one finds when someone is making a sacrifice to the godling of snotty superiority), the hate mailer usually references something I'd written-and-forgotten, and usually just when I need to revisit the topic.So, then, the hate mail becomes a kind of gift. The Holy Spirit, after all, moves in … [Read more...]

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Bishop Murphy Eliminates Annulment Fees

This is really good news. In a letter to the priests of his Rockville Centre diocese -- that would be Long Island, east of Brooklyn and Queens, (population 7.5 million, 1.7 million Catholics) -- Bishop William Murphy writes: My dear brother priests:It pleases me to write you on this Solemn Feast of the great Apostles, Saints Peter and Paul. You and I share their zeal for the Gospel, and are renewed each year in this great celebration. . . .The preparation for the Synod of the Family, in the … [Read more...]

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Kasper Apologizes; Suggests Catholic Media will Avenge Him!

Remember, just a couple of weeks ago, when Cardinal Walter Kasper was asked about the publication of Remaining in the Truth of Christ, which responded to his frequent public discussions on the reform of doctrinal disciplines?Kasper remarked, "that's how politicians talk."We could perhaps say the same about his latest words and apologies concerning his remarks about the African bishops participating in the Extraordinary Synod. The apology goes like this:“If one of my remarks about A … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: No Commendatore, No Michael Corleone

It may have gotten a four minute standing ovation from his Bishops, but Pope Francis' closing remarks to the synod, which I thought were pretty beautifully wrought, are being praised-but-quietly by others, at least as I am surveying today.It seems to me people aren't really appreciating what Francis said there -- how capably and clearly he let both the "left" and the "right", the progressives and the traditionalists, know that neither side has a corner on the fullness of the faith or the … [Read more...]

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Ivereigh on Realities of African Bishop Participation

Well, the clock is ticking. A final paper will soon be forthcoming from the Synod Fathers, and there will no doubt be drama, because there is always drama.But people should remember that no matter what is handed out from the synod it's still going to be, in a manner of speaking, a "working document", in anticipation of next year's synod. It is not a teaching document, nor an authoritative one; it is meant to get people thinking and praying, mostly. Some -- many -- may willfully chose to … [Read more...]

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Pentin on Kasper: I did tape the talk, didn’t mention Zenit – UPDATED

National Catholic Register reporter Edward Pentin has released a statement in response to Cardinal Kasper's assertion that he never spoke to Zenit or made some rather inflammatory remarks on African Bishops. Writes Pentin:His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper spoke to me and two other journalists, one British, the other French, around 7.15pm on Tuesday as he left the Synod hall.I transcribed the recording of our conversation, and my iPhone on which I recorded the exchange was visible. I … [Read more...]

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“These Africans!”: Kasper Reverses Progressive Dogma – UPDATED

Hey, don't listen to those African bishops! Unless you're an African in Africa...and even then! They haven't the fullness of our light![/caption]Yeah, I am sorry; I try not to get into the politics of the church and all that -- because I hates it -- but Cardinal Kasper is falling victim to the easiest temptation to the ego: to keep talking into microphones when you really should stop. ZENIT: It has been said that [Pope Francis] added five special rapporteurs on Friday to help the general … [Read more...]

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Gradualism: Two More Thoughts on its Gravity #Synod14 – UPDATED

I: It is instructive, and a little depressing, to watch Catholic social media come alive with reactions to the synod's relatio text, which -- let's remember -- is going to be revised and clarified in another week, and then studied, thought about and prayed over for at least a year. The secular media is, naturally, trying to drive the narrative to its preferred talking points (and they're making sure to beat up on poor old Pope Benedict XVI, so whisper up a prayer for him).In social media, … [Read more...]

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#Synod14 Relatio: Catholics, Fasten Your Seatbelts! UPDATED

The Extraordinary Synod for the Family is only half-completed, and its denouement will not be known until October 2015 or even later, but if the relatio post disceptationem, the mid-term report of this Synod is any suggestion, then, as Vaticanista John Thavis suggests at his blog, it's going to be a bumpy year, Bette; a bumpy year!The relatio emphasized the “principle of graduality” – the idea that Catholics move toward full acceptance of church teachings in steps, and the church needs to … [Read more...]

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2 Late (as in New) Entries to the Vocation Post – UPDATED

Nothing is static. I recently posted my annual "Nun News Roundup" piece (which had helpful reader additions in the combox), but just a few days later -- on a great Marian Solemnity -- these two very Mary-connected communities welcomed newbies!I knew the Summit Dominicans were expecting a postulant in October (and more to come this year; that's why they desperately need to succeed in their building campaign), but not this early. Yesterday they welcomed Sister Emily, and decked her out in … [Read more...]

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