Fr. Gerald Murray: Cardinal McElroy Denounces the ‘Haters’

It is essential to safeguard the deposit of faith,” Cardinal Robert McElroy affirmed in his recent address to the Los Angeles Archdiocesan Religious Education Congress. Yet he next posed this question: But how do the doctrinal tradition and history of the church restrict the church’s ability to refine its teaching when confronted with a world … Read more

Two Commentaries by Two Prominent Priests on Fiducia Supplicans

Twenty Questions for Cardinal Fernández (and Pope Francis?) Fr. Raymond J. de Souza Earlier this year, Cardinal Daniel Sturla, Archbishop of Montevideo, and Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, then the Archbishop of La Plata, had Sees across the river from each other. Now they find themselves in opposing currents, as the former is distressed that the … Read more

Fr. Gerald Murray: ‘Outing’ the Liberal Catholic Project

The Archbishop of Berlin, Heiner Koch, recently authorized priests in his archdiocese to confer ceremonial blessings upon homosexual couples. Strangely, he also announced that he himself would not impart such blessings until he receives explicit permission from Pope Francis. He seems to be confident that such permission will someday be given, yet he’s certainly not … Read more

Fr. Gerald Murray: The Synodal Church of ”Me, Myself, and I”

The Instrumentum Laboris [IL] (Working Document) for the October Synod on Synodality, released June 20, embodies the now familiar pattern seen in the various stages of the synodal process. Certain questions are asked, others are ignored, predictable answers are given, and expectations are raised that a new Church, the Holy Spirit-inspired Synodal Church, will emerge … Read more

Fr. Gerald Murray: Church Teaching on Trial

The recently published North American Final Document for the Continental Stage of the 2021–2024 Synod (NAFD) confirms suspicions that the discussions at the October 2023 Synod on Synodality will almost certainly center around the alleged failure of the Church to be inclusive, welcoming, and respectful. The supposedly aggrieved include well over half of the faithful: … Read more