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Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Jan. 21, 2022.

Pope Francis: The Church is firmly committed to justice for abuse victims

Jan 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

His comments came a day after the publication of the Munich abuse report. Read more

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Is the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith undergoing a general overhaul?

Jan 11, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The exit of the No. 2 person at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should be framed in... Read more

The Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, the seat of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Pope Francis updates norms on crimes judged by Vatican’s doctrinal office

Dec 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The norms address the delicts of schism, sacramental desecration, and abuse of minors Read more

The Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, the seat of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Vatican cites Pope Francis’ condemnations of gender ideology in letter to pro-life association

Oct 28, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The letter was released shortly before the Italian senate blocked a controversial ‘anti-homophobia’ bill. Read more

The Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, N.M., seat of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, which hosted the attempted ordination of Anne Tropeano Oct. 16, 2021.

Santa Fe archdiocese: Woman's attempted ordination invalid

Oct 21, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

The supposed ordination of women is invalid, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe reiterated Monday, shortly after... Read more

Father Andrew Liaugminas, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a recent appointee to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, teaches a class at Mundelein Seminary. Credit: Mundelein Seminary.

Chicago priest with a 'pastoral heart' named to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Aug 20, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Andrew Liaugminas of the Archdiocese of Chicago has been appointed to serve at the doctrine section of the Catholic... Read more

A September 2015 gathering of the Association of Pittsburgh Priests. Credit: APP via Facebook.

Pittsburgh group calls for same-sex blessings 

Jun 17, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Catholic organization based in Pittsburgh has called on Bishop David Zubik to reject a March note from the Congregation... Read more

Gerhard Cardinal Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a penance service in St. Peter's Basilica, March 29, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal Müller calls on Pope Francis to intervene with the Church in Germany

May 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Gerhard Cardinal Müller on Monday called upon the Holy Father to intervene in the German situation to correct clerics who... Read more

Luis Cardinal Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in Rome, June 28, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

CDF highlights its Note on Catholics in politics in letter to US bishops on Eucharistic coherence

May 10, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote Friday to the head of the US Conference... Read more

St. Stephen Cathedral in Owensboro, Ky. Credit: Farragutful via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Owensboro priest's faculties reinstated by CDF 

Apr 29, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reinstated the faculties of a priest of the Diocese of Owensboro... Read more

Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in Rome June 28, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal Ladaria: Pastoral care, Church law are not in conflict in marriage cases

Apr 28, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The cardinal spoke at a study day devoted to the 2001 instruction Potestas ecclesiae. Read more

CDF to hold study day on 2001 instruction for dissolution of marriage ‘in favorem fidei’

Apr 23, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The dissolution of a marriage bond “in favorem fidei” (in favor of the faith) can be approved by the pope... Read more

A priest holds palms on Palm Sunday.

Diocese: Priest’s omission of palm blessing in protest over Vatican ruling ‘reprehensible’

Mar 31, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Catholic diocese in Italy has said that a priest’s refusal to bless palms on Sunday because of the Vatican’s... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn at the Vatican April 8, 2016.

Cardinal Schönborn: Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings marked by ‘communication error’

Mar 30, 2021

In new comments, Cardinal Schönborn has said that the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples was marked by a... Read more

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn at Amoris Laetitia press conference at the Vatican on April 8, 2016.

Viennese cardinal displeased by Vatican 'no' to same-sex blessings

Mar 25, 2021

Christoph Cardinal Schönborn has declared he was “not happy with the explanation of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 17, 2021

Yes, Pope Francis was involved in the CDF’s document on same-sex blessings

Mar 25, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Following a Vatican clarification that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions, some media outlets have speculated about Pope Francis’ involvement... Read more

Then-Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, now prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the Holy See press office, Sept. 8, 2015.

More than 200 German-speaking theology professors criticize Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

Mar 22, 2021

More than 200 theology professors in the German-speaking world have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for... Read more

Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), speaks at a ‘Synodal Way’ press conference.

Catholics and Protestants in Germany announce intercommunion move despite Vatican objections

Mar 16, 2021

Catholics and Protestants in Germany have announced that they will press ahead with intercommunion at an event in May despite... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. Credit: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool.

‘There are no easy answers’: Head of German Catholic bishops responds to Vatican’s ‘no’ on same-sex blessings

Mar 15, 2021

A leading German Catholic bishop has responded to the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples by saying that there... Read more