Pope Defends Same-Sex Blessings, Claims He’s Misunderstood

Pope Francis on Sunday defended a landmark decision approving blessings for same-sex couples, suggesting that those in the Catholic Church who have resisted it have jumped to “ugly conclusions” because they do not understand it. In a television interview, Francis made his first public comments since the Dec. 18 declaration sparked widespread debate in the … Read more

Senior Vatican Official Makes Case for Married Priests

The Roman Catholic Church should “seriously think” about allowing priests to marry, a senior Vatican official and advisor to Pope Francis said in an interview published on Sunday. “This is probably the first time I’m saying it publicly and it will sound heretical to some people,” Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, who is also adjunct … Read more

‘Open Borders’ Pope Claims Europe Does Not Have a Migrant ‘Emergency’ and Impeding Migrant Rescues is ‘Gesture of Hate’

From Sky News: Pope Francis has challenged European leaders to open their ports to people fleeing hardship and poverty, insisting the continent does not face a migration “emergency” but rather a long-term reality governments must deal with humanely. Francis said talk of a migration “emergency” only fuels “alarmist propaganda” and stokes people’s fears. “Those who … Read more

Flemish Bishops Create Blessing For Homosexual Unions

Flemish Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday issued a document effectively allowing the blessing of same-sex unions, in direct defiance of a ruling against such practices by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. The document published on the website of the Bishops’ Conference of Belgium suggested a ritual that included a prayer and a benediction for stable same-sex … Read more

Pope Francis: “We Have Sinned Against The Earth”

Says that nature will not forgive our trespasses. Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for protection of the environment on Wednesday’s 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, saying the coronavirus pandemic had shown that some challenges had to be met with a global response. Francis praised the environmental movement, saying it was necessary for … Read more