WATCH: Fr. Gerald Murray, Diane Montagna, Edward Pentin, and Robert Royal Discuss Latest Vatican Developments

  Don’t miss this candid, lively, and extended conversation with Fr. Gerald Murray, Diane Montagna, Edward Pentin, and TCT Editor-in-chief Robert Royal on the recent Vatican document on blessing same-sex “couples” (and the sharp reaction to it around the world), the year of synodality, the cases of Cardinal Burke, Fr. Rupnik, and Cardinal Becciu, Christian … Read more

WATCH: Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray Weigh-In on Same-Sex Blessing

  Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray discuss a new document — Fiducia supplicans — that came out today from the Dicastery on the Doctrine of the Faith, and approved by Pope Francis, that seeks to “broaden” and “enrich” the concept of “blessing” in the Church. This innovation, its seems, will even permit blessings for … Read more

Three Theologians on the Pope’s ‘Paradigm’ Shift in Theology

What’s It Really About? Larry Chapp Pope Francis has released a new “Motu Proprio” about how to do theology in the modern context, Ad theologiam promovendam, which makes the case that theology must no longer be from a “desk” and must no longer be merely “abstractly re-proposing formulas and schemes of the past.” Theology must … Read more

Same-Sex Blessings as Superstitions

This summer, my husband and I had the great pleasure of witnessing two of our three sons marry.  As I scrambled to help my oldest son gather his sacramental documentation – not an easy feat for a kid who was baptized in California, made his First Communion in Azerbaijan, and was confirmed in Belgium – … Read more

Of Trojan Horses and Sexual Compassion

In the discussion among its citizens just outside the walls of Troy, there were various opinions as to what to do with the strange “gift” that had been left by the departing Greeks.  “I don’t trust Greeks,” said some, “even when bearing gifts.”  But others, and they proved to be the majority, said, “What harm … Read more

Confusion Worse Confounded

If you wanted two words to describe the Synod on Synodality, the event that begins today in Rome, it would have to be deep confusion. Unless you wanted to add a third, deliberate. Because it’s been clear from a series of concrete measures that what’s been said is not what’s going to happen. And what’s … Read more

Pope Francis and Schism Re-Visited

Much has happened since I first published my original article, “Pope Francis and Schism,” in The Catholic Thing on October 8, 2019. What has taken place in the intervening years has confirmed many of the points I made then.   Here, at Robert Royal’s request, I would like to revisit and expand upon several of … 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