On Pentecost of 1994, Pope John Paul II summarized, in the apostolic letter “Ordinatio Sacerdotalis,” the outcome of a series of previous magisterial statements (including “Inter Insigniores”), concluding that Jesus has chosen only men for the priestly ministry. Therefore “the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women. This judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.”
Given the instructions of the bishops of the region of Buenos Aires - approved in writing by Pope Francis - of the bishops of Malta, of still other bishops and most recently by the episcopal conference of Germany, it is evident by now that the main argument that the innovators are enlisting to justify communion for the divorced and remarried is the one that is hinted at in this evocative phrase from “Amoris Laetitia,” borrowed in turn from “Evangelii Gaudium,”
With the new year, “L'Osservatore Romano” is turning over a new leaf of its own. Pope Francis wasn’t satisfied with the weekly edition in Spanish that has existed for almost fifty years and is now directed by the Argentine Silvina Pérez. He wanted a new edition just for Argentina, which was launched in recent days complete with his signed inaugural dedication. And he has entrusted its editorship to another of his countrymen, Marcelo Figueroa.
2016 är utsett till ett så kallat misskundsamhetsår av katolska kyrkan. Michael Economou berättar här nedan om vad detta inneburit för upprättelsen av de så kallade katarerna, som under medeltiden förföljdes och avrättades av den påvliga inkvisitionen nere i södra Frankrike. Påvens förpliktigande namn Franciskus är valt med omsorg, och man kan på goda grunder tro att han tagit intryck inte bara av sin namne helgonet utan också av Simone Weil, en av 1900-talets betydelsefulla tänkare.
ON THE VALUE OF TRADITION
That in the early days of Christianity those responsible for the communities were married appears to be undeniable. But bringing in this reason to maintain that it should be the same today is naive to say the least, in the same way as maintaining that there should be a return to an ecclesiastical organization on the model of the apostolic Churches. [. . .]
From “"La force du silence", Fayard, 2016
Big smiles with Constantinople and Moscow. But a heavy hand with the Byzantine oases in the West. The emblematic cases of the Italo-Albanian dioceses and the monastery of Grottaferrata.