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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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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‘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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Slovenia votes down gay marriage

December 21, 2015 1 comment

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Voters in Slovenia have rejected gay marriage by a significant margin. In a national referendum, 63.5 per cent voted against a legal definition of marriage as a union of two consenting adults. Only 36.5 per cent backed the proposed bill. This vote undoes the actions of the country’s parliament, which legalised same sex marriage back…

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Synod on the family starts this Sunday

October 4, 2015 0 comments

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The ‘Family’ is the focus of this year’s Synod of Bishops which begins in Rome this Sunday, October 3 and runs until October 25. The Synod is a gathering of bishops from across the world, representing a wide range of viewpoints within the Roman Catholic Church. This year’s theme is “The vocation and the mission…

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Pope hints at disquiet over gay marriage in US speech

September 25, 2015 0 comments

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In a wide-ranging speech to the US Congress earlier this week, Pope Francis expressed worry for the future of the family, hinting at disquiet over the now widespread legalisation of gay marriage. The Pontiff, currently touring the United States, told senators and representatives: “I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps…

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