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Cardinal Burke re-appointed to Apostolic Signatura

In a surprise move, Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Apostolic Signatura, the Church’s highest canonical court. The Pope had removed Cardinal Burke as head of the...

Pope Francis critiques premises of transgender movement

The Pontiff’s critique came in the 3rd section of an address to a markedly changed Pontifical Academy for Life, whose members are meeting in Rome for a 2-day conference. The Pope said that “the recently-advanced hypothesis of reopening the way for the dignity of the person by radically neutralizing sexual difference and, therefore, the understanding between man and woman, is not right ... The biological and psychical manipulation of sexual difference, which biomedical technology allows us to perceive as completely available to free choice – which it is not! – thus risks dismantling the source of energy that nurtures the alliance between man and woman and which renders it creative and fruitful.”

Death penalty never justifiable, Pope says

In an October 11 address marking the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis said that “it must be clearly stated that the death penalty is an inhumane measure...

Newly appointed Austrian bishop favors women as deacons, maybe priests

Bishop-designate Hermann Glettler, appointed last week to head the Innsbruck diocese, voiced his hope that the Church would soon allow the ordination of women as deacons, and said it is “not so utopian” to think of women priests as well. He strongly favors allowing divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Communion.

Louisiana court uphold priest’s refusal to testify on confession

A Louisiana judge has said that he does not have the authority to determine what constitutes a sacramental confession, thus apparently ending a legal drama that threatened the integrity of the...

Pope’s new book carries preface by Italian gender-theory advocate

A new book by Pope Francis, Imparare ad imparare (“Learning to Learn”) appeared in Italian bookstores last Friday. The preface is by Valeria Fedeli, Italy’s education minister—who is an outspoken advocate of same-sex marriage and gender theory.

Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘I can’t give a straight answer’ on morality of homosexual acts

Questioned by a GQ interviewer on whether homosexual acts are immoral, Dr. Justin Welby, the worldwide leader of the Anglican communion, said: “You know very well that is a question that I can’t give a straight answer to.” Admittedly that he had phrased his reply poorly, he said that “I haven’t got a good answer.”

Peru’s president meets with Pontiff

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the South American nation in January, and he and President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski discussed education, the environment, development, and poverty. The nation of 30.8 million is 81% Catholic and 13% evangelical.

Vicar general of Opus Dei sees ‘filial correction’ as a scandal

Msgr. Mariano Fazio, the vicar general of the prelature of Opus Dei, said that the “filial correction” of Pope Francis made public by a group of lay people last week was a “totally wrong” approach. Those who signed the appeal, he said, “scandalize the whole Church.”
Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, the former president of the Vatican bank who signed the “filial correction,” is a member of Opus Dei. Msgr. Fazio said flatly: “I think he was wrong, too, like the others who signed.”

Cardinal Müller sounds off in candid interview

In a lengthy interview with the National Catholic Register, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) spoke about Amoris Laetitia and the dubia, the influence of the Pope’s key advisers, the anonymous accusations that can undermine Vatican officials, and the future of the CDF. Cardinal Müller discloses that under his leadership the CDF did take action against some dissident theologians, although the cases were not made public.

Cardinal Müller insists that “the only true and correct interpretation of Amoris Laetitia“ is in line with Church’s constant doctrine. He rejects the notion that a Pope can unilaterally change Church teaching: “Some think that a pope can personally do whatever he wants because he is absolute sovereign, but that’s not true.”