Category Archives: Church News

What the Synod Relatio Didn’t Say (And How It Didn’t Say It)

Once again, the Vatican has tripped over the English language and landed in a heap of trouble. Late in 2013, I posted a pair of articles at Breitbart.com dealing with issues surrounding the Vatican’s official English-language translation of Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Click here and here for them, [...]

Marriage, Doctrine, and Lived Experience

There is a lot of discussion going on about the document produced at this stage in connection with the synod on the family.  The document suggests that we need to attend to the lived experience of couples who are in situations that the Church has taught involve sin–that is, who are in unions that the [...]

Synod on the Family Debates Correct Pronunciation of “Synod”

In a somewhat strange development, discussions at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family have stalled due to the sudden emergence of a fierce debate among the bishops over the proper way to pronounce the word “synod.” Reportedly the dispute centers on whether the correct pronunciation is sigh-nod or sinnid. While seemingly a matter of little [...]

The Diabolical Trinity: Divorce, Same-Sex Marriage, and Abortion

Catholic media (especially the outlets of a more liberal persuasion) are whipped into a frenzy about the upcoming Synod of the Family. As we draw closer to October 5, there is growing speculation and rumor-mongering by the day about what is purported to be the central question to be addressed by the synod. Namely, whether to [...]

Quit the Cardinal Conspiracy Rumors on Communion and Marriage

The rumors are swirling: Are the rules about to change? No, they aren’t. The Church cannot provide communion to those who are divorced and remarried without an annulment. This is because the Church believes communion is real, and because it believes the marriage vows are real (as I happen to be in the midst of [...]

Bishops Spell Out the Frightening Facts About Ebola

A statement by the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference on Ebola, and a follow-up “12 Things You Need to Know” article is a great source of information about this new threat. Here’s a summary of the bishops’ statement: 1. Nine out of 10 victims die from this virus which is named after the Ebola River in [...]


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