The recent appointment of Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe as a consultor to the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace has been welcomed by his supporters, who say he is ideally suited to such a role. But critics are deeply concerned about the appointment, given the English priest’s previous doctrinal statements, especially on sexual ethics and →
Evidence is coming to light of concerted and covert attempts to coax the Catholic Church into accepting homosexual relationships, principally using an upcoming church synod on the family to achieve it. A group of influential church figures, mainly from Germany and northern Europe, appear intent on making the meeting about same-sex relationships, while cloaking their →
The Register has obtained a copy of the invitation and program for last Monday’s closed-door study-day held at the Pontifical Gregorian University, a translation of which appears below. Of particular note is the prominence of Father Eberhard Schockenhoff in the discussions, as well as the other speakers chosen. Father Schockenhoff’s previous controversial statements on homosexual relations →
Monday’s unannounced study-day at the Pontifical Gregorian University, organized by the heads of the Swiss, French and German bishops’ conferences, was attended by at least nine bishops from those countries. We publish their names below along with most of those who were also present. The meeting, which aimed to explore various “pastoral innovations” ahead of →
ROME — A handbook of 100 questions and answers explaining the Church’s doctrine on marriage and the family has been launched with the aim of clearing up confusion ahead of the October Synod of Bishops on the Family. The booklet’s authors — Archbishop Aldo de Cillo Pagotto of Paraíba, Brazil, Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa →
ROME — A one-day study meeting — open only to a select group of individuals — took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October. Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in →
SAN SALVADOR — Archbishop Óscar Romero’s beatification is a “cause of great joy,” and his elevation to the altars is a call “to sanity and reflection, to respect for life and harmony,” Pope Francis said in a letter to mark the May 23 beatification in San Salvador. In the message to Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas →
Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers – courtesy of Reggie Littlejohn ROME — The Chinese Communist Party will never end the “one-child policy” because the policy is effectively terrorizing the Chinese people into keeping the Communist Party in power, according to Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, who gave testimony on April 30 →
Five German bishops have written a letter in support of Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau who last week openly criticized a document released by the German Church’s top lay organization, the ZdK. In the letter published over the weekend, the bishops said they thanked Bishop Oster for his opinions on the ZdK statement and that they agreed “wholeheartedly” →
PASSAU, Germany — A public dispute has broken out between Germany’s top lay Catholic organization and a German bishop, after the organization issued a statement calling for a raft of new pastoral practices, which the bishop and other critics say are opposed to Church doctrine. The Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (Central Committee of the German Catholics, →
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Fighting for life in Europe
Contrary to what one might think if one were only to read the mainstream media, the pro-life movement in Europe has appeared to be growing in recent years. In this article, I spoke with a number of leaders in the field to find out to what extent the growth is real, and what challenges remain.
Holocaust Memorial Alters Wording on the Wartime Role of Pope Pius XII
In 2012, the Yad Vashem’s Holocaust museum decided to alter a caption describing Pope Pius XII wartime record in saving Jewish lives during World War II, removing some of the harsh judgements but not going far enough according to many in the Church. In this article, I tried to present the views from both sides about an issue that many feel passionate about .
Plastic Surgery, Not Just For The Rich and Famous
Is plastic surgery ethical? How does the Church view it? In this 2010 article for the National Catholic Register, I recalled previous papal statements on the issue, and interviewed a Catholic doctor and moral theologian about the practice.
A Life Of Faith
Sometimes an atheist or agnostic will say they would like to believe in God, they just don’t know where to start. In this 2012 interview I made with Pope’s theologian, Fr Wojciech Giertych explains how a life of faith begins. The interview was timed to coincide with the Year of Faith which runs until November 2013
Naming of New Cardinals Prompts Speculation About Next Pope
After Pope Benedict XVI called a Eurocentric consistory in January 2012, many began speculating that his successor will come from Europe. For this article for Newsmax, I explained the possible consequences of the Pope’s decision. He held another mini-consistory later that year in which all of the new cardinals were non-Europeans.
Pope Benedict to Join Twitter – First Tweet By Year’s End
I was the first journalist to break the news that the Pope was to join Twitter with his own account. The story was later picked up by Associated Press and reported worldwide. In the article for Newsmax, I spoke with a senior Vatical official about the Twitter initiative which was officially launched in early December 2012.
Interview with Archbishop Gerhard Mueller
In this interview for the National Catholic Register, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discusses the state of relations with the Society of St. Pius X and his priorities in arguably the most influential Vatican post.
Why Did Vatican II Ignore Communism?
Despite Soviet Communism being at its height in 1962, there were no references to Communism in the Second Vatican Council documents. In this article for Catholic World Report, I spoke with numerous Church scholars to discover the reasons for the omission and speculate on the kind of impact it had on the Church in the years that followed.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Momentous Year
A look back on the Holy Father’s year with a summary of the top papal stories of 2012.
The Changing Faiths in the Gulf
After a visit to the United Arab Emirates in 2008, I wrote the following piece for Newsweek about the phenomenal growth in the number of Christians living in the Gulf, many of whom are employed as guest workers.
“A Good Future”
In this interview for Newsweek, the then-Irish President Mary McAleese shared with me the chances for lasting peace in Northern Ireland, her family’s flight from Belfast because of “the troubles” and her efforts to bridge the sectarian divide.
Who Could Replace Pope Benedict?
Every so often, the secular press will embark on a feast of speculation about the next possible Pope, especially when health issues of the current Pontiff become a cause for concern. That was the case in 2009 when Pope Benedict, then 82, fell and broke his wrist while on holiday. Here was my list of papabile at that time, in an article for Newsweek.
Road to Sainthood
An analysis for Newsweek on claims that a French sister had been miraculously cured of Parkinson’s disease, paving the way for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
Blair: Religions Should Play Greater Role in the Peace Process
A 2009 interview with Middle East Quartet peace envoy Tony Blair on chances for peace in the Holy Land, and the possible role religions could and should play in the process – for Terrasanta.net / The Holy Land Review.