Category Archives: Pope Francis

ACTION ITEM! Coordinated prayer for Pope Francis against diabolical attack

My friend Fr. Byers wrote to ask for help with something. HERE He suggests that people all over the world pray at the say time each day (early morning Rome time) to ask God to protect Pope Francis from diabolical … Continue reading

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Pope Francis v. Pope Francis about indissolubility and marriage

So Pope Francis in unofficial off-the-cuff remarks says that the majority of marriages are invalid because people don’t get what marriage is.   Those off-the-cuff remarks were quickly amended and are now the official off-the-cuff remarks, whatever that means. I was … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ latest remarks on the majority of marriages being invalid

His Holiness the Pope does like an opportunity to talk, and he readily offers off-the-cuff remarks which, while at times interesting and entertaining and sometimes insightful or helpful – or not – are not moments when he is teaching for … Continue reading

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Damian Thompson asks: “Is the Pope Catholic?”

At Heat Street, Damian Thompson asks: “Is the Pope Catholic?” That site is a mess to read, so let’s see some of it here.  My emphases and comments: Is the Pope Catholic? Here’s Why Many of Pope Francis Flock Aren’t … Continue reading

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A moral theologian tackles difficulties in #AmorisLaetitia

In Catholic World Report there is some analysis of Amoris laetitia. The writer first contrasts himself with others who think that the Exhortation is not magisterial in nature. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t find problems.  For example: […] 2. Doctrine … Continue reading

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Card. Müller’s remarks on ‘Amoris laetitia’ – some analysis

We must deal soberly with the ramifications of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia.   Despite some of its advantages, the document has problems. A friend sent an email with some interesting analysis, which I am reworking and posting hereunder. Sandro Magister … Continue reading

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For Francis, the Church’s doctrine is subordinated to the primary value of mercy

If you, like I do, suffer from Amoris defetiscenia, you might be clicking past pieces you see about the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation.  I confess that I have to fight the temptation to tune out and just ignore the document and its coverage.  Alas, … Continue reading

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“All members of the Church… have the duty to ask for an authentic interpretation.”

At the Italian site Corrispondenza romana we find a longish reaction to Amoris laetitia from His Excellency Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider. The text is in Italian, but eventually it will be translated in full (but not by me and not today).  Here … Continue reading

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The Hermeneutic of Ambiguity

From a comment under an entry here… When enumerating the various hermeneutics for reading documents: the hermeneutic of continuity or the hermeneutic of rupture, they, apparently, forgot to include the hermeneutics of ambiguity. A priest friend sent this.   UPDATE: … Continue reading

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Pope Francis heard confessions in St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis does things that annoy me, that puzzle me, that surprise me and that please me. Today was one of the later.  He could stick to this sort of thing, in my book! Everyone… GO TO CONFESSION! From The Daily … Continue reading

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A canonist looks at Amoris laetitia

If you are not yet weary of Chapter 8 of Amoris laetitia – or indeed the mere mention of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation by incipit or innuendo, my friend Fr. Gerald Murray has some observations at The Catholic Thing. Fr. … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 144: Pope Francis’ ‘Amoris laetitia’, Ch. 4: “Love in marriage”

UPDATE: I fixed the glitch at 24:02-24-22. Sorry about that. It was a lot of reading – with interruptions – and editing together.  If you had an “overlap” in that time range, you can download again or listen again and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis seems to approve Card. Schönborn’s explanation of #AmorisLaetitia

I am waiting for the whole, official transcript of the airplane presser granted by Pope Francis on the way back to Rome from Lesbos. But, in absence of a transcript, here is the video. Ipsissimis verbis… Meanwhile, Crux 2.0 has … Continue reading

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Important analysis of #AmorisLaetitia : Who won the battle? (Seminarians – ALERT!)

Is Fatigue of Love setting in yet? There has been a lot of commentary in the last few hard days about Amoris laetitia (aka Familiaris divortio). What I have been trying to get across is that 1) Amoris did not change Catholic doctrine or law, and that … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ “accompaniment” language is not new. Pope Benedict XVI, in fact…

The way that some gush over the new insights in Amoris laetitia, you would think that a Pope had finally discovered that there are people out there, with … lives, and everything!  However, it could be that there is less innovation than … Continue reading

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