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Bishops: Don't let the media guide Catholics on divorce

Divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly are welcome to seek reconciliation with the Church, but they need to be sure... Read more

Robert Spaemann before the obelisk in front of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.

A follow-up from Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia

In April, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, attracted significant attention for an interview with... Read more

Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks with CNA in Rome on Sept. 15, 2014.

Archbishop Chaput clarifies 'Amoris Laetitia' committee

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia described as “misleading” an article claiming that his leadership of a working group on the... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, 2014.

Report on Pope Francis and divorce 'in no way reliable,' Vatican says

A Vatican spokesman entirely rejected the reliability of Italian journalist Antonio Scalfari’s report suggesting that Pope Francis said all divorced... Read more

Bishops meet at the Vatican's Synod Hall on Oct. 21, 2015.

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver gives a catechesis session during World Youth Day in Rio July 25, 2013.

Denver archbishop: Would German bishops side with Henry VIII or Thomas More?

If divorced-and-remarried Catholics should receive communion, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and many of the German bishops suggest, does that mean... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014.

At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience address in St. Peter's Square, May 20, 2015.

Pope: Divorce and remarriage contradicts the sacrament, but Church always reaches out

Echoing his predecessors on the need to care for divorced and remarried persons, Pope Francis said Christians should help these... Read more

The Eucharist is distributed during Mass with Pope Francis in Rome's Campo Verano cemetery for All Saints Day on Nov. 1, 2013.

Cardinal: Divorced, remarried Catholics need support for conversion, not changes on Communion

Catholics who have divorced and remarried need help for the “difficult climb” of conversion and spiritual growth, not a change... Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Cardinal Kasper backpedals on papal endorsement of controversial proposal

Almost single-handedly one cleric has turned the Church’s teaching on Communion, marriage and divorce into an international debate.  Read more

Not a burden, but a grace: The indissolubility of marriage

The sacrament of marriage, characterized as it is by indissolubility, is good news for the people of today, according to... Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller in St. Peter's Basilica at the installation Mass of Bishop Maurizio Malvestiti on Oct. 12, 2014.

Bishops conferences are not the Magisterium, Vatican doctrine chief reminds Cardinal Marx

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French paper that doctrinal,... Read more

Cardinals talk after the consistory on November 24, 2012 in St. Peter's Basilica.

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church... Read more

Benedict XVI at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 11, 2005.

Ratzinger's retraction: the fruit of 42 years of theological maturation

News broke weeks ago that a new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works was being released in German with an... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod for the New Evangelization Oct 28, 2012.

Scholars: No, Benedict XVI doesn't support Kasper in Synod debates

A new volume of Benedict XVI's collected works includes an updated version of a 1972 essay in which he had... Read more

Professor Fr. Robert Dodaro, OSA, President of Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, in Rome on Sept. 19, 2014.

Taking Gospel seriously on marriage is not 'rigid' – it's love

The editor of a high-profile book on marriage said that adhering to Christ’s Gospel teachings on divorce is not harsh... Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media... Read more

Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish... Read more

Photo by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

Vatican marriage commission could drop mandatory appeal for annulments

After it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed a commission to study a reform of the process of marriage... Read more

Wedding Rings.

Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book

Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter... Read more