Posts Tagged ‘Church teaching’

Is the Synod on Synodality a hostile takeover of the Catholic faith?

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022
hostile takeover of the Catholic faith

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has called the Synod on Synodality a potential “hostile takeover of the Church of Jesus Christ.” Pope Francis announced last week that he is adding an extra year to the Synod on Synodality. Pope Francis has described it as a Read more

Catholics in Germany don’t want to rewrite dogma, but move the discussion forward

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

When Catholics in Germany recently gathered for their latest session of the Synodal Path, there were tensions around a text arguing that current Church dogma; teachings on sexual morality need to evolve. Several bishops at the September 8-11 assembly baulked at the proposal. But Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who is currently a Read more

Dew – Not about changing doctrine just the language

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

In an interview with Cindy Wooden of the Catholic News Services Cardinal John Dew, the Archbishop of Wellington, said he did not think anyone was arguing that church doctrine should be changed. “We know what the church teaches; we all want to preserve that.” He said that there was, however, a need to change the Read more

Broad themes emerge during family synod first week

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Mercy towards those not following Church teaching is emerging as a prominent theme at the synod on the family. According to a media briefing on Saturday, another prominent issue in the first week of synod discussions was the Church’s vision on the indissolubility of marriage. Vatican Radio journalist Romilda Ferrauto told the briefing that the Read more

There is goodness in non-marital unions: Cardinal

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

A cardinal says the Church must look for the good in relationships that don’t conform to a marital ideal, citing an example of a stable gay relationship. Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna said in an interview with La Civilta Cattolica that the bishops at next month’s synod on the family should not take a stance Read more

Pro-life coalition warns about synod document direction

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

The pro-life coalition Voice of the Family has warned the working document for the synod on the family threatens elements of Church teaching. An analysis by Voice of the Family critiqued the Instrumentum Laboris for omissions and ambiguity in wording. The document “threatens the entire structure of Catholic teaching on marriage, the family and human Read more

US prelate softens tone on same-sex marriage and Communion

Friday, August 14th, 2015

A US archbishop has softened his tone on Catholics who support same-sex marriage receiving Communion. In 2013, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron wrote that that Catholics who back same-sex marriage and receive Communion would “logically bring shame for a double-dealing that is not unlike perjury”. But this month he told the Detroit Free Press: “Whenever it Read more

Warnings of family synod ‘loopholes’ and ‘trojan horses’

Friday, June 19th, 2015

The presidents of Africa’s bishops’ conferences have stated they will not adopt the language of movements fighting for the destruction of the family. In a preparatory meeting in Accra, Ghana ahead of October’s synod on the family, the bishops stated “we must begin from the faith, reaffirm it and live it for the sake of Read more

DVD on marriage teaching to go to all UK and Ireland priests

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Every priest and parish in Britain and Ireland is to receive a DVD defending Catholic teaching on marriage, the family and sexuality. The DVD comes from the British Confraternity of Catholic Clergy in collaboration with St Anthony Communications, which specialises in catechetical video presentations. It has been launched as the Church prepares for the synod Read more

No legal action in battle of Vatican spokesman and blogger

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A Vatican spokesman has said he never intended to sue a Canadian blogger who received a lawyer’s letter threatening possible legal action. Fr Thomas Rosica, CSB, who works as an English language assistant to the Holy See Press office, issued a statement that “it was never my intention to sue” blogger David Domet. Mr Domet Read more