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Pope rebukes Cardinal Sarah, says rules changed on liturgical translations

Pope Francis has issued a stunning rebuke to Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, in a letter criticizing the cardinal’s interpretation of Magnum...

Theologian steps down as consultant to US bishops’ committee following publication of letter critical of Pope Francis

Father Thomas Weinandy, a member of the International Theological Commission since 2014, led the US bishops’ Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices from 2005 to 2013. Here are links to the text of his letter and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo’s subsequent statement on dialogue within the Church.

Augustinian prior general writes strongly worded letter on Reformation’s 500th anniversary

“Luther not only abandoned the Order but abhorred religious life with all his might, rejected ascetic practices and piety, rejected praying the breviary and other obligations, radically altered sacramental theology, condemned the vows and promoted the abandonment and the mass exodus of vowed religious,” writes Father Alejandro Moral Antón in a letter republished in L’Osservatore Romano (10/26). “The damage done to the Order and to religious life in Germany was enormous.”

Nuclear weapons inherently immoral, Pope says

Pope Francis issued an unmistakable condemnation of nuclear weapons on November, declaring that “the threat of their use, as well as their very possession, is firmly to be...

Two women appointed to lead roles in Vatican office for laity and life

Pope Francis has appointed two women as undersecretaries in the new dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life. Gabriella Gambino, a professor at the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute,...

Iowa: judge sides with city in dispute with church over feeding of homeless

The city of Davenport, citing a zoning ordinance, ordered a Protestant church to cease offering breakfast to the homeless. Later, the city backtracked, and the judge ruled there was no need for an injunction.

British court upholds university’s expulsion of student who wrote that same-sex marriage is sinful

Sheffield University expelled the student from its master’s program in social work after he wrote on Facebook that “same-sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God’s words and man’s sentiments would not change His words.”

Scholar: only 1/6 of Catholics in 2050 will be European

Baylor University’s Philip Jenkins predicts that in 2050, 40% of Catholics will live in Latin America and 25% in Africa. He adds, “A southward-looking Church may be a vibrant and flourishing body, but it might pose some challenges for Catholics of the older Euro-American world.”

Man who killed martyred Indian nun in front row at beatification Mass

Released from prison and forgiven by the victim’s family, the man who killed Blessed Rani Maria Vattalil in 1995 said that he still feels the “weight of such a terrible crime.”

Orthodox faithful split on reconciliation with Rome

The world’s Orthodox believers are almost evenly split on whether or not it is desirable to reconcile with the Catholic Church, according to a new international study by Pew Research. Among survey respondents, 35% favored reconciliation with Rome, 31% opposed it, and 38% were undecided or declined to answer.
The survey found broad support among Orthodox believers for the married priesthood, and opposition to the ordination of women as priests.