There is just one problem with the narrative of a pope kicking down a penal door locked against divorced-and-remarried Catholics: the 1917 Code did not excommunicate divorced and remarried Catholics.
Fr. James Keenan writing in Crux this week makes his own a question raised (last July, it seems) by Rocco Buttiglione in L’Osservatore Romano: “Is there any contradiction between the popes who excommunicated divorced and remarried person...
The community has no founder as such. And, from day one, their desire was not to create a new form of religious life but rather to set themselves securely upon their ancient foundations.
In a ward of a London hospital, a homeless man was dying.
He had been found prostrate on the street and was taken to a nearby
hospital. The medical staff did all they could. It was hopeless, they
said. It was only a matter of time. The man had few friends; he hailed
originally from Eastern Europe. There were no visitors. Not at
first. Soon after his admission, however, word someho...
"Ex Corde Ecclesiae" makes it clear that the educational philosophy of Catholic institutions of higher learning shouldn’t accept a separation of the intellectual life from the life of faith.
Mercier, a lecturer in philosophy at the Catholic University of
Leuven (UCL) in Belgium initially was suspended from teaching,
pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings, because there...
Suzanne M. Wolfe’s accomplished, transcendent novel leaves us with a profound meditation on love and the Christian life, namely, "ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est": where charity and love are, there God is.
St. Augustine of Hippo knew firsthand the agony of a broken heart. His account of sending away his faithful concubine sears the pages of his famous autobiography, the Confessions. He writes that
the woman with whom I had been cohabiting was ripped from my side, being regarded as an obstacle to my marriage. So de...
An interview with Archbishop Gänswein, who has been Benedict's personal secretary since 2003.
In a lengthy interview with EWTN's German television branch, Benedict XVI's closest aide describes how the retired pontiff is doing as he turns the milestone age of 90, giving a rare look into what life is like for the Pope Emeritus.
Archbishop Gänswein has been Benedict's personal secretary since 2003, while the latter was still Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the F...