Category Archives: Marriage and Family

Category: Marriage and Family

Cardinal Burke and the Doctors of the Law

No doubt, a large segment of readers is already aware of the recent excitement caused by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner thanks to their laudable attempt to clarify the pastoral and doctrinal confusion surrounding the Holy Father’s post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. In the economic words of the respected Catholic journalist Edward Pentin, Four cardinals asked Pope Francis five dubia … More →


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Amoris Laetitia – More Catholic Experts Weigh In

Our friend Maike Hickson has a wonderful piece at 1 Peter 5 on the post-synodal exhortation, featuring brief write-ups from these five experts: Father Brian Harrison, O.S., S.T.D., Professor Roberto de Mattei, Dr. Sandro Magister, Marco Tosatti, and Mathias von Gersdorff. It is our pleasure to present the commentaries of some reflective people in Europe and in the U.S. who are knowledgeable experts when it comes to the Vatican … More →


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Triumphant Voices in Germany

The official website of the German Bishops, katholisch.de, is full of praise for Amoris Laetitia. Well-known experts who have been expressing many heterodox positions during the earlier discussions on marriage and family, seem now convinced that their expectations have been met, and that, indeed, the Universal Catholic Church has now started to import and imitate the putatively German model. One of the most prominent liberal … More →


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Amoris Laetitia Rundown

The Holy Father’s much awaited post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, has been released. A summary of it may be read at Rorate Caeli. Here are links to commentaries on Pope Francis’ work, commentaries we have helpfully categorized according to what may be our readers’ preferred hermeneutical approach: Pope Francis Departs from Church Teaching in New Exhortation — Dr. Maike Hickson at 1 Peter 5, representing the … More →


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Cana and Being About His Father’s Business

Sunday we celebrated the feast of the marriage at Cana. Saint John tells us that “the mother of Jesus was there” and that Jesus and His disciples were invited as well. Despite the varying opinions of several fathers, I think Cardinal Baronius (who edited the Martyrlogy in the sixteenth century) offers the best answer as to whose wedding this was. It was not that of … More →

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Marriage in Grave Decline in Italy

I remember in the early 70s, when I studied in Rome, seeing so many church weddings. Not so today. CNA: Italy is facing a swift and dramatic collapse of the institution of marriage, according to a prominent Italian demographer and statistician. “We were in bad shape in 2009, and we are worse off – there’s no getting around it – five years later,” wrote Roberto Volpi … More →

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L’Osservatore Romano: Theologian Subverts Family on Front Page

Catholic Culture: In an article published on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano, an Italian theologian who participated in the last two synods on the family said the people of God can rejoice that the more recent synod’s final report gives witness to “doctrinal unity in pastoral plurality.” More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the Final Report of the Synod: Obscuration, Confusion, Subjectivity

(Rorate Caeli) The XIV General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops (October 4 – 25, 2015), which was dedicated to the theme of “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”, issued a Final Report with some pastoral proposals submitted to the discernment of the Pope. The document itself is only of an advisory nature and does not possess … More →


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Pat Buchanan on Heresy at the Synod

“Are Catholic truths immutable? Or can they change with the changing times? “This is the deeper question behind the issues that convulsed the three-week synod on the family of the 250 Catholic bishops in Rome that ended Saturday.” Full column is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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The Synod is Over

The 2015 Synod of Bishops has concluded. Now begins the process of studying, understanding, implementing, or resisting the various provisions of its final document. Much of this will be in the form of “spin.” Modernists will cheer. “Conservatives” will defend the ever-changing status quo. Traditionalists will rant. And, true to their various positions, each will have cause to do so. In our cursory read of the … More →


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Denver Archbishop Challenges German Episcopate

CNA: “And this begs the question: Do the German bishops believe that Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher sacrificed their lives in vain?” Part of the column from the Archbishop is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Bishop Sees Satan and Marxism Behind Agenda of Synod Modernists

The errors of Russia, one of which is Communism,  are spreading more rapidly than ever, infiltrating the Church itself. LifeSiteNews: From interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider: This is ultimately neo-Communist and Marxist because the ideology of Marx wants to abolish every sign of difference. The last sign and most evident difference is to be found in the created natural sex of persons. Therefore, there has arrived … More →

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Kardinal Marx Leads His National Church More and More into Schism

Well, that was predictable: German Cardinal Reinhard Marx supports Kasper proposal at Synod. Never trust the “theologies of the genitive.” They all stink. Here we have the latest frontier: “The Theology of Luv.” With particular references to the Second Vatican Council, Marx claimed that a “new path” was found regarding sexual ethics. As a result, according to Marx, sexuality should not be reduced to the mere … More →


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The New Church of the ‘Inviolable Conscience’

Quotes from Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich’s Synodal Press Releases: “I think we have to make sure that we don’t pigeonhole one group as though they’re not part of the human family, so there’s a different set of rules for them.” “In Chicago I visit regularly with people who feel marginalized, whether they’re elderly or the divorced and remarried, gay and lesbian individuals, also couples,” Cupich said … More →

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Warning of Polish Archbishop: Change in Sacramental Discipline Will Compromise Doctrine

Rorate Caeli: Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki: “Practically all are repeating that there will be no doctrinal change, but this is understood in different ways. For if you add to this first group that disciplinary changes are possible, this means, in practice, that doctrinal stability is being nullified. In my opinion one cannot speak of the separation of the practice of the Church from her doctrine, from her … More →

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