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The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Press Office Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican doctrine czar: We've done everything possible to dialogue with Irish priest

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said Tuesday that the Vatican had “done everything... Read more

Vatican reaffirms euthanasia is ‘intrinsically evil act,’ calls Catholics to accompany the dying

In a new document released Tuesday, the Vatican’s doctrinal office reaffirmed the Church’s perennial teaching on the sinfulness of euthanasia... Read more

The then Archbishop Luis Ladaria at the Vatican Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican’s doctrinal office critiques German theologians’ intercommunion call

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has criticized an appeal by German theologians for intercommunion between... 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.

Irish priest refuses submission to Vatican's doctrinal propositions

Fr. Tony Flannery, a Redemptorist priest from Ireland who was barred from public ministry by the Congregation for the Doctrine... Read more

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Vatican: Baptisms administered 'in name of the community' are invalid

The Vatican’s doctrinal office issued Thursday a clarification on the sacrament of baptism, stating changes to the formula to emphasize... Read more

Cardinal Luis Ladaria, now the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at a Vatican press conference, Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican issues manual for bishops on handling reports of sexual abuse of minors

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued Thursday a manual to help bishops and dioceses follow Church procedure... Read more

Mass offered in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

Vatican sends extraordinary form Mass survey to world’s bishops

The Vatican’s doctrinal congregation has asked the world’s bishops to report on how a landmark papal document acknowledging the right... Read more

CDF issues new Eucharistic prefaces, optional saint feasts for extraordinary form of Roman rite

On Wednesday the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued two decrees giving new Eucharistic prefaces and provision for... Read more

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CDF official: Anthropology and Scripture document is not 'open' to same-sex unions

The secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, said Friday that a new document... Read more

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‘No logical connection’ between celibacy and abuse, CDF official says

A senior official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has defended clerical celibacy in the wake of... Read more

Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, OP.

'The key is not to fight, but just to bear witness': How to preach Advent

The season of Advent roots us in the true mission of the Church, Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P., adjunct secretary... Read more

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Vatican’s doctrinal office expected to release document on gender theory

The Vatican’s doctrinal office is preparing a document which will address Church teaching and the anthropology of the human person... Read more

Pope Francis greets the then-Archbishop of Agana, Anthony Apuron, at the Vatican Feb. 7, 2018.

Former Guam archbishop 'deeply saddened' by conviction, maintains innocence

Emeritus Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agaña said Thursday that despite the failure of his appeal and the confirmation of a... Read more

Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer.

Analysis: What to make of the CDF's hysterectomy 'responsum?'

The National Catholic Bioethics Center issued a commentary this month in response to a December Vatican document on the moral... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Priest steps down from CDF following accusations of sexual harassment in confession

An Austrian priest and theologian has resigned from his position at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, amid... Read more

Then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at the Vatican on March 5, 2013.

Analysis: The non-trial of Theodore McCarrick

Sources at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have confirmed that allegations against McCarrick are being considered through... Read more

Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, then-secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the Holy See press office, Sept. 8, 2015.

CDF affirms liceity of removal of wombs it says can no longer procreate

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published Thursday a response clarifying that a hysterectomy is a licit act... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Santiago archdiocese sends investigation of priest to CDF

The Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile reported Tuesday it has sent to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith... Read more

Dublin, Ireland - August, 2018: Vatican and Irish flags displayed in Dublin ahead of the arrival of Pope Francis at the 2018 World Meeting of Families.

Irish priests’ group calls for ‘synodal’ assembly on Church reform

The Irish organization Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has written an open letter to the country’s bishops, requesting a national... Read more

Cardinal Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, then-secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the Holy See press office, Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican cites immunity in refusal to send French court summons to CDF prefect

The Vatican has invoked diplomatic immunity in refusing to deliver a French court summons to the prefect of the Congregation... Read more