Catholic Church ‘remains firm on family teachings’

April 17, 2017 4 comments

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The Catholic Church has not changed its stance on a range of controversial family and social issues a senior cleric has declared. Cardinal Gerhard Muller is head of the influential Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the modern successor to the infamous Inquisition of the Middle Ages. In a lengthy interview, published as a…

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Italian man granted divorce from ‘possessed’ wife

April 14, 2017 0 comments

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A man in Italy has been granted a divorce following claims that his wife was possessed by the devil. Speaking at a court in the northern city of Milan, the man said that since 2007 his wife had exhibited “inexplicable behaviour”. This included having fits among other “unusual phenomena”. The woman, who was a devout…

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Giving communion to divorcees ‘a threat to faith’

February 5, 2017 4 comments

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Granting holy communion to Catholics who have undergone a civil divorce and begun new relationships would be “devastating” to the former partners, a religious academic has claimed. Speaking to the religious website LifeSiteNews on condition of anonymity, the “Catholic academic psychologist” said these new relationships amounted to adultery and their former partners were effectively victims….

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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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