Monthly Archives: September 2014

Annulment reform: the synod’s first fruit

With cardinals who head the world’s major dioceses lining up against Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposals to provide a path back to the Eucharist for those who have entered new relationships after divorcing, reform is increasingly shifting to the sphere of annulments. The Archbishop of … Continue reading

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Ex nuncio abuser arrested ahead of Vatican trial

A Polish national who was earlier this year stripped of his priesthood following serious allegations of abuse while serving as nuncio to the Dominican Republic has been arrested by Vatican police ahead of a criminal trial. (CV Comment background here). The decision … Continue reading

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Pre-synod jostling points to dynamism of Rome meeting on family

The Australian cardinal whom Pope Francis earlier this year put in charge of Vatican finances has added his voice to a large number of senior church figures warning against expecting changes to come from next month’s historic of bishops in … Continue reading

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Why gay people don’t feel much like exercising their ‘right’ to marry

The notion that allowing same-sex couples to marry constituted the recognition of a long-suppressed human right was a key plank of the Government’s case for it. Introducing gay marriage, we were led to believe, would be a civil rights milestone, like black South … Continue reading

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