Monthly Archives: June 2015

US bishops’ president reacts to Supreme Court ‘unjust and immoral’ ruling on same-sex marriage

In a statement issued today, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, reacted to a 5-4 ruling by the judges of the Supreme Court which in effect grants a constitutional right to a same-sex marriage (SSM). The ruling (here) … Continue reading

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Laudato Si’: a landmark in modern church teaching that will shape a new future

[By Austen Ivereigh] When it appears tomorrow, Laudato Si — “Praised Be You” — will captivate and divide the world by issuing the most robust challenge to the contemporary myth of progress in recent times. Any other document this long discussed, … Continue reading

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New Vatican tribunal to deal with bishops who cover up abuse

[By Aaron Taylor] Following this week’s announcement that the Holy See will establish a tribunal to punish bishops who cover up child abuse, Pope Francis has accepted the resignations of two bishops from the United States accused of just that. … Continue reading

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The ‘Gay cake’ case: an analysis

A recent ruling from Northern Ireland has once again brought up the matter of religious-based objections to acts in the workplace — this time centred on the right of Christian family business not to bake a ‘gay cake’. The ruling … Continue reading

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Pope in Sarajevo: building peace through dialogue and witness

Interreligious dialogue is “an indispensable condition for peace” and “a duty for all believers”.  That was Pope Francis’ reminder to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday afternoon as he met with leaders of the Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic and Jewish communities … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part III: ‘The Gospel of the Family’

[The third in a series by Elizabeth Howard considering the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the Synod of Bishops in October. The previous posts are here and here.] Part II of the discussion document or Lineamenta is … Continue reading

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Saunders-Pell: Vatican statements and CV comment

There have been two responses from Rome to media coverage of the criticism of Cardinal George Pell made by a British member of the Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, Peter Saunders. (The story is dealt with by CV Comment … Continue reading

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Saunders accusation highlights need to tighten abuse commission brief

Pope Francis’s advisors will be in a difficult position this morning, following accusations over the weekend by one of his hand-picked abuse commissioners against the man he chose to head up his reform of Vatican finances. Peter Saunders, chief executive … Continue reading

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