Category Archives: Church News

The Pope Didn’t Exile Cardinal Burke. The Pope Gave Him An Army. [Photos]

I wish someone would exile me the way Pope Francis exiled Cardinal Burke. When I think of exile or banishment, I think of tiny islands. Where friends are few and far between. The Associated Press described Cardinal Burke’s new position as “largely ceremonial” and said the Knights of Malta are a “charity” who provide “residences [...]

No Greater Freedom

Each of us has our own hobbyhorses. Michael Sean Winters, for example, seems to have a thing about Philly’s Archbishop Chaput and the World Meeting of Families which Philadelphia will host next October. Winters is also very fond of hymns—a fine pastime, that—and of trying to curb overzealous Catholic prelates’ deficient notions of freedom, which Winters often takes [...]

Breaking: Pope to host international conference on complementarity of man and woman

Big news, just announced by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Rome, November 3rd, 2014. On November 17-19, 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Vatican City, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for [...]

Pope Francis’ Latest Bombshell

“A significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition.” That’s what MSNBC’s Daniel Berger is calling Pope Francis’ latest “revolutionary” insight. Take it away, Mr. Berger: “Pope Francis made a significant rhetorical break with Catholic tradition Monday by declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real, and remarking that God is not “a magician [...]

Communion and the Pastoral Care of the Divorced and Remarried Catholic

In all the debate about the Church’s teaching and practice with regard to communion and the divorced and remarried Catholic, I think we have lost sight of a basic question, and a very important question: why does the Church exclude the divorced and remarried Catholic from communion in the first place? To hear the those [...]

Divorce and Remarriage and the Prodigal Son

At his National Catholic Reporter blog Michael Sean Winters takes New York Times columnist (and convert to Catholicism) Ross Douthat to task for worrying about the pastoral implications of a change in the Church’s teaching on marriage and divorce, or a change in practice that implies a change in the teaching.  Douthat points out that [...]

UPDATED: A shameful case of hearing only what one wants to hear

[An update has been added to the bottom of this post.] Michael Sean Winters is at it again, trying to drive a wedge between American bishops and the Pope. The latest example comes in the form of a fusillade against Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia for, as Winters puts it, his “remarkable challenge to Pope Francis.” Winters [...]

Synod for Dummies

I had a hard time figuring out what was going on at the Synod. Actually, I had a hard time just figuring out what a Synod is. So let me see if I have this right. • A bunch of Catholic bishops got together to discuss families. • A significant minority seemed to want to [...]

Why Should the Church Adapt its Teachings to the Times?

A lot of the commentary from liberals on the synod on the family–and in general on the Church’s teaching on sexual morality–is organized around the following thought: the Church should adapt its teaching to suit the times. But why should it?  It seems to me that from any legitimate point of view it would make [...]

Chicago’s New Evangelization

In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement, he’s also gotten Catholics thinking and talking about the future [...]


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