Papacy

Canonisations? What Canonisations?

The "Canonisations" of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II took place in Rome, today,  27th April, 2014.  Here's an extract from one newspaper report... "We declare and define Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II to be saints and we enrol them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by...

Did Paul VI Condemn Vatican II?

Religious Liberty, Collegial Equality, Ecumenical Fraternity How does it happen that the gates of hell are now causing us so much trouble? The Church has always been disturbed by persecution and heresies, by conflicts with temporal powers, sometimes by immoral conduct of the clergy, sometimes even of popes. But this time the crisis seems to...

Is Pope Francis Actively Hostile to Summorum Pontificum?

On Aug. 6, 2013, Andrea Tornielli of “Vatican Insider” published an interview with Fr. Alessandro Apollonio, the Procurator General of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, in which they discussed the Holy See's recent decision to restrict the order's use of the so-called "Extraordinary Form." The decree issued by the Congregation for Religious, with the approval...

Sins of Our Fathers: The Missing Link…

I've just watched the Newsnight Scotland discussion on the BBC documentary Sins of Our Fathers - exposing physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey, the prestigious Catholic school in the Highlands - broadcast last night, and available to watch for the next six days. Throughout the entire documentary (and again on Newsnight Scotland) there...

Pope Francis Strikes At Summorum Pontificum

For the First Time, Francis Contradicts Benedict He has touched upon the sore spot of the Mass in the ancient rite. Ratzinger permitted its celebration for all. Bergoglio has prohibited it for one religious order that favored it. "...the Holy Father Francis has directed that every religious of the congregation of the Franciscan Friars of the...

Pope Francis: First Encyclical

Pope Francis's first encyclical is now published... The light of Faith: this is how the Church’s tradition speaks of the great gift brought by Jesus. In John’s Gospel, Christ says of himself: "I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness" (Jn 12:46). Saint Paul uses...

Flawed History of the Papacy…

One of our regular bloggers has an excellent letter published in this week's Scottish Catholic Observer (SCO). Now, I know anyone can go into town and take a peek at the letters page of that august, or should that be awful, newspaper and find out precisely which of our regulars has made it into print there, but...