by Deacon Nick Donnelly

 

It has emerged that in September 2016 four cardinals privately submitted five questions to Pope Francis asking the Holy Father to clarify his teaching in Amoris Laetitia about communion for divorced and civilly “re-married”. The cardinals submitted their questions according to the established tradition of the Church in the form of dubium (Plural. dubia), which is Latin for ‘doubt’.  There is nothing exceptional in cardinals and bishops submitting dubia to popes and congregations of the Holy See. It has happened for centuries. It is the established way that the Church clarifies confusion and resolves division caused by papal or episcopal teaching.

Four senior cardinals write to Pope Francis urging the Holy Father to clarify the grave disorientation and great confusion caused by Amoris Laetitia:

1. A Necessary Foreword

The sending of the letter to His Holiness Pope Francis by four cardinals derives from a deep pastoral concern.

We have noted a grave disorientation and great confusion of many faithful regarding extremely important matters for the life of the Church. We have noted that even within the episcopal college there are contrasting interpretations of Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia.

The great Tradition of the Church teaches us that the way out of situations like this is recourse to the Holy Father, asking the Apostolic See to resolve those doubts which are the cause of disorientation and confusion.

Ours is therefore an act of justice and charity. 

14th September 2016, Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Dear Editor,

I write to clarify my position regarding my appearance on a video taken in Athy church. I was one of the five priests, a curate, con-celebrating Mass in St Michael the Archangel’s Church Athy, last Saturday evening on the 10th September 2016.

My intentions first and foremost was to celebrate the Eucharist which is the source and summit of our community’s Christian life. This Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was also in appreciation of Fr Tim Hannon’s 50th Anniversary of his Priestly Ordination and to mark my own departure from the parishes I have happily served over the past three years.

I was not present to promote or condone same-sex ‘marriage’ or what appeared to be the apparent triumphant and victorious return of our musical directors which seemed to become the focus of the evening. In my opinion, the Mass was hijacked to support the cause of same-sex ‘marriage’ which is clearly in breach of Catholic Church teachings.

Homily preached by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., on the Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost (EF) at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Manhattan.

Almighty God has been very good  in giving us as the day’s Gospel passage that of Our Lord’s famous admonition to “render to Caesar what is Caesar’s but to God what is God’s.”  I say that in view of the upcoming national elections and likewise want to suggest that between now and November 8 you read (or re-read) the poignant and insightful work of Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia on the role Catholics must play in the public square. I would like to begin this reflection by being autobiographical.

by Anthony Murphy

The recent events in my local parish, St. Michael’s Athy, again underscore the reality that we now live in a time where aggressively anti-catholic sentiment rules the day and woe betide anyone who has the nerve to challenge the prevailing culture. A culture which claims “equality” and “tolerance” as its buzz words but in truth a culture which is dragging us back to the darkest days of intolerance and persecution.

Anyone who has followed the thuggish nature of this story will see which side uses a message of hate. The intimidation which my family has experienced over the past week, including a campaign to force us to move out of our home, has been fuelled by local Sinn Fein and LGBT supporters and can only be described as incitement to hatred. Thankfully the Gardai have begun an investigation but we remain ostracised by a highly active and vocal presence in the town, we are made to feel like strangers living in a strange and unwelcoming land.

by the Reverend Nicholas L. Gregoris, S.T.D.

The canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta was an extraordinary experience. We were able to gather in the tens of thousands to see arguably the most famous and renowned woman of the twentieth century raised to the altars.

In 2003, I was privileged to attend Mother Teresa's beatification, which had been fast-tracked by Pope John Paul II like none other in history. At that time, we were also celebrating the Pope's twenty-fifth anniversary of election to the Chair of Peter. Little did we know that in a few short years, on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, he would be at the door of his Father's house as then-Cardinal Ratzinger, Dean of the College of Cardinals, so lovingly put it.

by Deacon Nick Donnelly

The bestial murder of 86 year old Fr Jacques Hamel by Islamic State terrorists is an evil beyond the comprehension of all decent and moral people. The fact that Adel Kermiche and Abdelmalik Petitjean chose to attack a priest celebrating Mass and cut his throat as he knelt at the foot of the altar takes this act into the realm of demonic evil.

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