Papal leniency on divorce ‘no danger to faith’

January 9, 2017 1 comment

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Expressions of compassion for divorced and remarried Catholics by Pope Francis do not pose a danger to the faith, a senior Cardinal has declared. Last year, the Pontiff courted controversy amongst more conservative Catholics with the publication of a Latin document called Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love). This declared that divorced and remarried Catholics…

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Church ‘must understand grey areas’ of divorce

December 13, 2016 1 comment

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The Catholic Church must strive to understand the “grey areas” of marriage the Archbishop of Dublin has declared. Speaking at a mass in the Irish capital for employees of the Catholic marriage advisory service, Diarmuid Martin noted: “No marriage is lived just in clear and abstract black-and-white realities.” He called on the clergy to make…

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Pope wades into Mexico’s gay marriage debate

October 7, 2016 0 comments

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Pope Francis has publicly declared his support for priests and bishops fighting against the legalisation of gay marriage in Mexico. During his most recent weekly blessing in St Peter’s Square in Vatican City, the Pontiff told those in attendance he was “very happy to associate myself with the Bishops of Mexico, in supporting the commitment…

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Archbishop: remarried people should not have sex

July 8, 2016 3 comments

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Catholics who divorce and then remarry should abstain from sex altogether, a senior church official has said. Earlier this month, conservative Archbishop Charles Chaput published new guidelines for priests within the archdiocese of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. These declared that those who have divorced and then remarried in a civil ceremony will be allowed to receive Holy…

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Pope: most marriages are ‘null’

June 17, 2016 3 comments

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Most marriages are “null” because the people who enter them do not know what they are doing, Pope Francis has claimed. During some impromptu remarks in Rome this week, the Pontiff claimed that we live in “the culture of the provisional” and insisted that people do not fully appreciate what a lifetime commitment entails. As…

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Italian civil unions are ‘gay marriage’ bishop claims

May 23, 2016 0 comments

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Civil unions for gay couples, recently approved by Italian MPs, are the equivalent of marriage, a Catholic bishop has claimed. Legislation introducing such unions was approved by a huge majority of Italian MPs earlier this month. They are similar to civil partnerships in the UK. Strongly Catholic Italy still makes no provision for gay marriage…

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Catholic clergy in Norway consider opting out of civil marriage

April 28, 2016 2 comments

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The Bishop of Oslo has raised the possibility of Catholic clergy across the Scandinavian country refusing to officiate at civil marriage ceremonies. The Right Reverend Bernt Eidsvig said he worried that the Norwegian government might decide to compel priests to conduct same sex marriages. In Norway, marriage certificates are signed by the officiating priest as…

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‘Families are in crisis’ claims pope

April 18, 2016 0 comments

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Modern families are “in crisis” claimed the Pope during a recent impromptu discussion with journalists. When flying back from a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, the Pontiff spoke to journalists accompanying him on the flight. A reporter from prominent French newspaper Le Figaro asked why the issues surrounding divorce in the Catholic Church…

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Pope on divorce: ‘no one can be condemned forever’

April 11, 2016 1 comment

Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to be more compassionate towards those who have divorced and remarried. He said that “no one can be condemned forever” as that would go against “the logic of the Gospel”. The comments were included in a 260-page document published this week called ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of…

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