Confusion Reigns As Pope Says New Blessings Are For Same-Sex Couples But Not Their Unions

Pope Francis has attempted to further clarify the Vatican document permitting non-liturgical blessing for couples in same sex or irregular relationships, saying the newly authorised practice is a pastoral gesture directed at the people involved and not their union itself. Speaking to members of the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF), Francis … Read more

Second Canadian Cardinal Named in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

A Canadian cardinal and key ally of Pope Francis has been named in a class action sexual abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Quebec, with the specific charge being that he inappropriately touched a 17-year-old girl on two occasions in 1987 and 1988. Cardinal Gérald Lacroix’s name was added to a list of alleged perpetrators … Read more

Italians Bishops Revolt Against Francis By Promoting Sacked CDF Secretary

Italian bishops appear to have delivered a snub to Pope Francis by promoting a Vatican official who the Pope sacked months after the official authored a key document prohibiting liturgical blessings for same-sex couples. Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, 58, was dismissed by the Holy Father soon after the then-known Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith … Read more

What Are We To Make Of The Exotic And Sensually Esoteric Theology Of Cardinal Fernandez?

The exotic contents of Mystical Passion: spirituality and sensuality written 25 years ago by now-Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández have been well covered in the Catholic press by now. Responses have ranged from a mixture of horror at what appears to be an exercise in theological pornography at one end, to at the other a sympathetic reminder that sex and … Read more

Vatican Concludes Investigation into Archbishop John Nienstedt

A Vatican investigation into alleged misconduct by former Saint Paul & Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt has cleared him of committing any canonical crime, but determined that certain “imprudent” actions warranted limitations placed on his ministerial ability. “After reviewing all of the information gathered, the Dicasteries for Bishops and for the Doctrine of the Faith concluded … Read more

Don’t Give Up On The Church – And Certainly Not Because Of Fiducia Supplicans

As we argue about the contents of Fiducia Supplicans, with Catholics threatening to walk away from the Church, Anglicans crowing that converts to Catholicism have gone from the frying pan into the fire, and couples in a homosexual relationship looking to plan a spontaneous, non-affirming, casually dressed blessing from Fr James Martin or any other … Read more