Vatican newspaper: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ is authoritative church teaching

The comment string had some interesting ones.  One commentor had the nerve to say that the earthquake in central Italy was God warning that this article and Amoris laetitia is heresy and also saying that the lightning that struck St Peter’s basilica on the evening of B16’s resignation was also God telling us that God […] Read More »

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Cardinal Burke insists he is serving Francis, not opposing him

Love the picture at the top of this article.  They both had on their “make nice” smiles.  Also loved this quote: “I’ve said to the pope himself, in conversations with him — and these by the way are friendly conversations — I told him, ‘Holy Father, the only way I can serve you is by speaking […] Read More »

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Earthquake in Central Italy—How to help

As many of you probably know, there was a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that has devastated regions of central Italy.  The epicenter is about 100 miles or so north and east of Rome.  It was felt in Rome and also all the way on the other coast of Italy in Rimini.  Here is a link to […] Read More »

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What We’re Still Learning from Benedict’s Resignation

I am glad to see this veteran Church watcher saying this.  It was something I was thinking also recently especially after Benedict’s words on the occasion of the reception for his 65th ordination anniversary.  The “Pope Emeritus” honored PF by thanking him for his kindness and addressing him as “Holy Father”.  I see the church […] Read More »

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Polish Church ‘Should Make a Greater Effort to Understand Pope Francis,’ Priest Says

World Youth Day kicks off in Krackow, Poland this week so stories will be mostly focused on that event.  Based on WYD in Rio in 2013, PF will surprise us and it will not be the run of the mill event these have been the last few times.  I you have not  been following events […] Read More »

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Janet’s Column for July 2016

By Janet Hauter         July 22, 2016 ARE YOU HAVING A GOOD FRIDAY MOMENT?  You know what I mean…  Have you experienced a time in your life that brought you to a crossroads time to deal with a problem and define your own emotions around it?  Most of us have and that […] Read More »

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Non Dimenticate di Pregare Per Me

By Reyanna Rice   July 24, 2016 The title of this brief piece is what Pope Francis almost always says to folks that he meets within his daily routine or his travels: “Don’t forget to pray for me”.  I post this here to ask you to do the same for me over the next few […] Read More »

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Eye on Francis July 2016

 At the request of Janet Hauter, Director of the American Catholic Council, I have focused this month’s column on how and why I came to have an “eye” on Francis.  She also asked me to share with readers how I was able to transform my life after the death of my husband in 2012 in […] Read More »

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The joy of love and the consternation of theologians

PF’s Apostolic Exhortation is still in the news, mainly because those in the conservative aisles of the Church are still “confused” by its message.  Francis and the Vatican are making a concerted effort to make sure people understand what Amoris laetitia is saying.  There have been a number of efforts most notably by La Civilta […] Read More »

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Memo: Vatican nuncio quashed sexual misconduct inquiry of Archbishop Nienstedt

Just when you think you cannot hear any more shocking news regarding clergy sex abuse, along comes something that really blows you away.  This situation is one such.  The Memo referred to in the article can be accessed HERE.  Warning: it is eleven pages long and a hard read to take in what kinds of […] Read More »

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