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Society of St Pius X new leader elected Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018
Society of St Pius X

The Society of St Pius X (SSPX) has elected Italian priest Fr Davide Pagliarani as its new leader for the next 12 years. Pagliarani succeeds Bishop Bernard Fellay. Jean-Marie Guénois, religion correspondent at French newspaper Le Figaro, said Bishop Fellay had been “ousted” in favour of a candidate who opposes further rapprochement with the Vatican. Read more

More thought needed before law change about confession Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

More thought is needed before passing a law requiring priests in Australia to break the confessional seal to report cases of child sex abuse, says Victoria’s attorney general Martin Pakula. In his view the government needs to further consider 24 of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Read more

Restrictions on same-sex marriage removed – Episcopal church Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Restrictions on same-sex marriage have been removed and couples can marry in their home churches, United States Episcopal church bishops have decided. Until Friday’s decision, 93 US dioceses allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry in the church. Eight did not. The decision by the Episcopal church’s governing body overrides those local decisions. Same-sex couples Read more

Venezuela’s bishops warn of nation’s suicide path Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Venezuela’s bishops have warned the country’s leaders it will be suicidal to continue leading Venezuela as they are at present. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called upon opposition leaders to offer Venezuelans “an alternative of change.” This will involve them working for Venezuela’s wellbeing and having greater respect for basic needs and rights. “Attitudes of Read more

Vatican not rushing to act against nun-rape accused bishop Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The Vatican is not rushing to act against an Indian bishop whom a nun has accused of rape. The unidentified nun, who is a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, laid a complaint with the police at the end of June of being raped in May 2014. She says Bishop Franco Mulakkal also sexually abused Read more

Church reluctant to condemn ‘gay conversion therapy’ Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Condemning ‘gay conversion therapy’ is not something the Catholic Church in the UK is about to do. It has been challenged to condemn the therapy since the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that her Government was banning the practice. Read more

Consecrated Virgins shocked: Vatican rules suggest they needn’t be virgins. Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new Vatican rules. These rules appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins. Section 88 states: “Thus to have kept her body in perfect continence or to have practiced the virtue of chastity in an exemplary way, while of great importance Read more

Relax ban on contraception UK cabinet minister tells Vatican Comments 0

Monday, July 16th, 2018

The Church’s ban on contraception should be relaxed, UK cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt says. Mordaunt, who is the International Development secretary, made her views known in a meeting with senior aides to Pope Francis last week. Young girls should have access to contraception, she told the aides. Read more

Former liturgy director launches independent Catholic church Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A former full-time liturgy director for the Catholic church has launched an independent church of his own. Founder, Bill Mentz, who has just left his liturgy director’s position, says SS Francis and Clare Independent Roman Catholic Community will include gay people, women and divorcees. The church, which observes apostolic succession, will hold its first service Read more

Marists of Aleppo say situation improving Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Marists of Aleppo say the situation in the Syrian city is improving. However unemployment and isolated attacks are still problems. The Marists are committed to helping the poor and needy. Nabil Antaki, who is a doctor and lay member of the Order of the Blue Marist friars, says living in Aleppo is “very expensive.” Salaries Read more