Assessing ‘Fiducia Supplicans’: The First 100 Days

March 27 marks 100 days since the Vatican published Fiducia Supplicans, an instruction on blessings of persons in irregular unions. And while the controversy it stirred in the Church in the West has somewhat abated, opposition to the document and how it was implemented continues apace. Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo Besungu of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of … Read more

Marking One Month of ‘Fiducia Supplicans’: Opposition Shows No Signs of Abating

One month after the Vatican released Fiducia Supplicans allowing the blessing of same-sex couples, the backlash the document triggered shows no signs of diminishing. The criticism has been so pointed and widespread, in fact, some historians say that never before has a papal document provoked such opposition and confusion, leaving many observers to wonder how … Read more

The St Gallen ‘Mafia’ Is The ‘Skeleton Key’ Helping To Unlock Many Riddles of Francis’ Pontificate

Although the “St Gallen Mafia” is well known to most who follow the papacy and the Vatican, the vast majority of Catholics are unlikely to have ever heard of it. And yet this group’s influence on the direction of the Church and all of the current and recent upheavals of this pontificate cannot be overestimated. … Read more

Accused Serial Sex Abuser Fr. Rupnik Continues to Live a Charmed Life in Rome

The disgraced former Jesuit priest Father Marko Ivan Rupnik, who is accused of “highly credible” accusations of serial abuse, continues to live a normal life in Rome at the art center he founded, despite being incardinated into his native diocese in Slovenia since June. A staff member of his Aletti art center confirmed to the … Read more

Synod on Synodality: A New Springtime or Pandora’s Box?

Well where to start? Once again we’ve had a month in Rome with plenty of acrimony and contention, lots of heat and, depending on who you speak with, not a lot of light. Eagerly awaited by some, thoroughly dreaded by others, the first assembly of the Synod on Synodality on the theme “For a Synodal … Read more

Edward Pentin: Understanding the Crisis in the Church and Where We Go From Here

 Catholic Identity Conference, Pittsburgh, September 30, 2023 Thanks largely to COVID, it’s been 6 years since I’ve had the honor of speaking at the CIC and as we know, much has changed since then. Except one thing: Pope Francis is still waging his revolution, and with more gusto than ever, resulting in ever deepening divisions, … Read more

Pro-Homosexual Clerics Charged with Drafting Final Synod Report

Two “special secretaries,” Jesuit Father Giacomo Costa and Msgr. Riccardo Battocchio, are charged with preparing the Synod document. As well as withholding the names of who is seated in which small groups, the Vatican is also declining to share with journalists the complete list of those who will be drafting the final synthesis report that … Read more

Cardinal Zen Calls Pope Francis’ ‘Dubia’ Response on Same-Sex Blessings ‘Pastorally Untenable’

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has criticized some of Pope Francis’ responses to five dubia that he and four other cardinals sent him ahead of the Synod on Synodality, saying among other criticisms that the Pope’s guidance on the blessing of same-sex unions is “pastorally untenable.” In an Oct. 12 statement posted on his website, the … Read more

Final Chapter of the ‘Rigging of a Vatican Synod’

Edward Pentin share’s the concluding chapter of his book the The Rigging of a Vatican Synod?: An Investigation of Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family  (Ignatius Press 2015): “The stated purpose of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops was straightforward but risky: to open up a debate on some … Read more

How the Family Synods Prepared the Ground for the Synod on Synodality

The first two synods of this pontificate that took place nearly a decade ago set the stage for the synods that followed and contain some useful pointers for the upcoming Synod on Synodality. The 2014 and 2015 Extraordinary and Ordinary Synods on the Family were ostensibly aimed at formulating appropriate pastoral guidelines for families and … Read more