Bishop Grech, Backer of Relaxed Communion Rules, Picked for Key Synod Position

The bishop was the principal author of Malta’s guidelines endorsing reception of Communion by divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and also has been accused of strong-arm actions against critics. VATICAN CITY — In a significant appointment in light of Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality, Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, Malta, was named today as the

Cardinal Müller: John Paul II’s ban on female priestly ordination is a ‘dogma,’ includes diaconate

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has provided LifeSiteNews with a statement on why the Church’s teaching of an all-male priesthood is infallible and therefore not up for a corrective discussion. In his comments, Cardinal Müller refers to Pope John Paul II’s authoritative document Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994). In

Cardinal Marc Ouellet Defends Priestly Celibacy Ahead of Pan-Amazon Synod

The prefect for the Congregation for Bishops, who wrote the new book, Friends of the Bridegroom: For a Renewed Vision of Priestly Celibacy, said celibacy will be understood if the priest has a better sense of his own priesthood. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, presented a book Wednesday arguing that in

Bishops, priests challenge Amazon Synod working doc for ‘contradicting’ Catholic faith

In view of the upcoming Amazonian Synod, an international group of Catholic prelates, priests and laity, who have chosen to remain anonymous due to a “climate of intimidation” in the Church, today addressed a brief statement to Pope Francis and the synod fathers identifying four areas of the working document which they say are “contradictory” to the

CNA: Priestly celibacy discussed as Amazon synod gets underway

POPE OPENING SESSION SYNOD AMAZON

Some participants at the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon have responded critically to a proposal that the Church ordain married men – so called viri probati – in response to a shortage of priestly vocations in the Amazon region of South America. A source inside the synod told CNA that Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of

Why Catholics must stick close to Virgin Mary to survive the great apostasy

“It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world,” writes St Louis Grignon de Montfort in the introduction to his masterpiece, True Devotion to Our Lady. The fact that Jesus must reign through Mary is linked by our Saint

The Genesis of Christian Civilization in Brazil

The great epic of Portuguese missionaries in the evangelization and colonization of Brazil Harsh was the reality that the Portuguese encountered when they arrived in Brazil  five hundred years ago. The natives did not correspond to the myth of the “noble savage” living in a paradisiacal America. Before the Discovery, Brazil was inhabited by a

Note to Vatican Enviro-Boosters: The Amazon Is Pretty Awful

“Gatherers and hunters par excellence.” That phrase from the Amazon Synod’s solemn-sounding Instrumentum Laboris is hard to let go. Its glittering fatuity is the keynote of a Vatican syllabus for a theologized pre-industrial age in communion with “the identity of the cosmos.” A neo-neolithic age. It is impossible to think the bishops believe their own cant. Max Scheler’s

500 Years Ago, Columbus’ Ships Landed in America…

In the celebrations and protests of  the Fifth Centenary, the voice of the Church from the Discovery to our times On the occasion of the fifth centennial of the discovery of the Americas, being celebrated on October 12th, there is growing propaganda against the continent’s missionaries and colonizers. This colossal wave of publicity against the

In the Amazon Married Deacons Are Already Saying Mass. And the Pope Knows It

For a few days a video has been circulating on the web in which an Italian priest of the highest rank, among those closest to Jorge Mario Bergoglio, says that in the Amazon the celebration of the Mass by married deacons is already a de facto reality, authorized by the local bishops. And Pope Francis,