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Pope Francis Confidant: Sunday Mass Obligation Isn’t ‘Indispensable’ – It ‘Could Fall’

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Archbishop Víctor Manuel Fernández, a papal ghostwriter and personal confidant of Pope Francis, said in a recent interview that the precept of the Catholic Church that Catholics go to church on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation “is not indispensable” and could “fall.” At the same time, Fernández also mentions the Sacrament of Penance, saying […]

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SURPRISE! Latin American Bishops To Ask Pope For Married Priests

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Close collaborators of the Pope made it clear that Francis’ post-synodal exhortation Querida Amazonia did not close the door to the married priesthood. Monsignor Pirmin Spiegel, the head of the German bishops’ relief agency Misereor, announced at a press conference of the German Bishops’ Conference today that certain bishops of Latin America will soon ask […]

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Vatican Theologian: Church ‘Slips Into Pantheism’ with Amazon Exhortation

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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 […]

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Cardinal Marx: Spreading ‘Fear of Hell’ Undermines Gospel

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Cardinal Reinhard Marx – the archbishop of Munich-Freising and the head of the German Bishops’ Conference – just made a statement, in which he argued against spreading fear, saying: “wherever someone spreads fear – of hell or whatever else – the Gospel cannot have an effect.” He added with regard to the topic of religion […]