Cardinal who advises Pope Francis: Path to married priests still ‘open’


Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a member of the Pope’s C6 Council of Cardinals as well as the head of the Indian bishops’ conference, has claimed in an interview that the path to married priests is still “open.” He calls Pope Francis “very clever” by “endorsing the final document” of the Amazon Synod, thus leaving it “a

Vatican theologian: Church ‘slips into pantheism’ with Pope Francis’ Amazon exhortation


On February 12, Monsignor Nicola Bux, a prominent theologian and former consulter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith during Benedict XVI’s pontificate, commented on Pope Francis’ new post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia, saying that the document has “problematic openings that are perhaps far greater than the theme of celibacy itself.” In further comments

“Amazon Jungle Indians Were Used to Attack the Catholic Faith”

by Fernando Beltrán Fr. Ignacio María Doñoro, a missionary priest in the Amazon, states: “I think that today, more than ever, in the Amazon and anywhere else in the world, what is needed is not the ordination of married people but priests in love with Christ.” What are the major difficulties of evangelization in the

Querida Amazonia Allusions, ambiguity, and poetry: By how you write, I can tell you what your Magisterium is

In order to give one’s personal assent in matters of faith and morals, the believer must have a clear understanding of exactly what it is he is assenting to. All the rest is just literature. Just like Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia uses a style of language that emphasises the use of

‘Querida Amazonia’ keeps hot-button issues burning

Progressive cardinals and bishops are challenging the finality of the papal exhortation on married priests and women’s ordination by arguing that Querida Amazonia doesn’t shut down debate on burning issues threatening to divide the Church. “Querida Amazonia doesn’t resolve or close any of the questions,” Cdl. Michael Czerny, who presented the exhortation to a packed

Argentine archbishop: “Viri probati? A grave rift in the Church”


Viri probati and the German Church at risk of schism. There is a bishop who speaks out and who is not afraid to say things as they are: “It is a road incompatible with tradition, which is creating a serious rift in the Latin Church”. Speaking on the other side of the ocean is Hector

Famed Catholic historian refutes argument that priestly celibacy is merely church discipline

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The Remnant – The Synod on the Amazon had among its main goals the abolition of ecclesiastical celibacy. The road, indeed the highway, is now paved. Pope Francis will define it in his Post-Synodal Exhortation, which is foreseen to be issued before the end of 2019. In the concluding document of the Synod, the paragraph

A Pope With the “Myth” of the People

The following text is the talk that Sandro Magister gave at the study conference held on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 in Anagni, in the Sala della Ragione, at the initiative of the Fondazione Magna Carta, on the theme: “To Cesar and to God. Church and politics in the pontificates of John Paul

There Is No Synodality Without Fidelity to Doctrine


Pope Francis’ announcement of an upcoming synod dedicated to synodality cannot but worry. Despite earlier proclamations, these last synods have been a bad example of synodality. Above all, there can be no synodality without fidelity to tradition and a conscious adhesion to doctrine, as the Church has always taught. Synodality is the problem, not the

German Bishop: Amazon Synod’s Proposals Have ‘Great Importance’ for Us

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode told the Register that the recent synod’s push for married priests and women deacons ‘complies with our reflections’ for the German Church’s upcoming ‘Synodal Path.’ . The vote at the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazon Region last month to propose ordaining married men — the so-called viri probati — and to