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Q10 Is the approach of Francis new or old?

Q10 Is the approach of Francis new or old? Pope Francis makes clear that imposing moral absolutism does not represent the approach of Jesus found in the Gospels: We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible. I have not spoken much about …

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Q7 Do some marriages die?

Q7 Do some marriages die?  The practice of the Orthodox Churches. The Orthodox Churches have always recognized that Marriage was a solemn Sacrament; yet, at the same time, their pastors recognized that the spiritual bond of love that sustains every marriage can “die” due to abuse and neglect on the part of one or both …

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Cardinal Burke: “Pope has not granted me an audience.”

Cardinal Raymond Burke is one of the four cardinals who have challenged Pope Francis by publishing the Dubia. He has revealed that he requested an audience with Pope Francis and has yet to receive a response. The American cardinal known for his Catholic orthodoxy addressed several other topics during the wide-ranging interview with InfoVaticana’s Gabriel …

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Q9 What mistake do the four cardinals make?

Q9 What mistake do the four cardinals make? A9 The mistake that the four cardinals make is that they insulate themselves from the spiritual suffering imposed by the laws of the Church. Some even imagine that the suffering of an abandoned wife is the natural result of her unwillingness to be an obedient and submissive …

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Q8 African missionaries dissolving marriages

Q7 African missionaries dissolving marriages #3 During the last three centuries, Catholic missionaries in Africa have adamantly maintained (a) that the exposed breasts of African woman was provocative and immoral and (b) that African men had to give up their second and third wives when they converted to Christianity.  In the first instance, missionaries collected …

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Q6 Are the hands of the cardinals tied?

Q6 Are the hands of the cardinals tied by canon law? Q6 But are not the hands of the cardinals tied by canon law in these circumstances? A6 Not in the way that the four cardinals imagine.  They need to return to their seminaries and to discover how church history demonstrates that entirely different solutions …

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Q5 Jesus diffusing a stoning

Q5 Jesus diffusing a stoning A5 Consider the case of Jesus being asked to approve the stoning of a woman caught in adultery. Jesus does not advise knocking her out first so that the stoning could (mercifully) take place without her pain and screaming. Nor does Jesus propose that the woman is somehow innocent or …

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Petra addresses our church

  Petra Dankova is a social worker with nine years of experience developing and leading projects for displaced women, men and children. Petra Dankova is also a married lesbian Catholic woman living in Germany.  Here is what she says in her homily today: My partner and I are asked all the time why do we …

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Why Pope Francis needs us

Why Pope Francis needs us Ever since Pope Francis took office, he has been under attack by a very determined bunch of conservative cardinals. More recently, however, the intensity of these attacks has been ratcheted up. Pope Francis has now been accused publicly of promoting “heretical” positions. How so? On 19 September 2016, four cardinals …

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