The Holy See and France Mark 100 Years of a Complicated Relationship

“Men are led with trifles,” Napoleon once declared to Berthier, who considered the creation of the Order of the Legion of Honor incompatible with the idea of ​​a virtuous republic, based on the  equality of all. The Vatican “number two” may have remembered this trait of imperial irony when he received, from the hands of […]

Cardinal Müller Reaffirms His Vision of the Church

“It is a great honor for me to receive the lion, symbol of the evangelist St. Mark; peace is a fundamental dimension for all of us.” Dressed in a simar with scarlet piping, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), came to Venice on October 13, […]

The Synod of Bishops and Modernism: Introduction

On September 15, 2018, Pope Francis released Episcopalis Communio (EC), an apostolic constitution that reorders the norms on synods. The Sovereign Pontiff, taking up one of his own speeches given on October 4, 2014, on the eve of the Synod on the Family, expresses himself thus: “The Synod of Bishops must increasingly become a privileged […]

Chinese Communist Government Kidnaps Bishop Shao Zhumin

This is not the first time that the police have arrested Bishop Shao and made him disappear for months. The authorities are trying to brainwash him into accepting directives from patriotic religious organizations under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The Bishop of Wenzhou is recognized by the Pope but not by the Party, which claims […]

A Synod to Create a Synodal Church

These instruments aim to help dioceses around the world to carry out the first phase of listening to and consulting with the People of God, which will take place from October 2021 to April 2022—the continental phase. The universal phase will follow. The synod will conclude in October 2023. This work must lead to a […]

The Italian Senate Blocks Approval of the Homophobia Act

The “Zan” bill, on behalf of Democratic Party (PD, center-left) MP Alessandro Zan, aimed to punish acts of discrimination and incitement to violence against gays, lesbians, transgender people, and people with disabilities. It was approved by Parliament last November. In June, the Vatican filed an official diplomatic note against the law, believing it violated the […]

A Cardinal’s Lucidity

Cardinal Joseph Coutts is Archbishop Emeritus of Karachi, Pakistan. It was during a trip to Rome that he gave an interview to the news agency Crux on October 18, 2021, discussing extensively the situation of Christians in his country. The senior prelate evokes the growing Islamization of his country, with the establishment of school programs […]

From Luther to Pope Francis

During the time of Paul VI, Protestant pastors came to Rome to participate as “observers” in the drafting of the new “Catholic” liturgy at the Consilium and presided over by Fr. Annibale Bugnini. Their contribution to the drafting of the new missal was not only symbolic, but effective, as evidenced by one of them, Pastor […]

Australia: General Offensive Against the Secrecy of Confession

“There will be no excuse for failing to make a mandatory report because a minister’s belief was based on information disclosed to the minister during a religious confession, or because making the report would otherwise be contrary to the tenets of the minister’s faith or religion.” The Western Australian government press release following the MPs […]

Welby Criticizes Ghanaian Anglicans for Supporting Anti-LGBT Law

The new law provides for severe prison sentences for people who have sexual relations with people of the same sex and for distributing materials in favor of the latter. 93% of the population are in favor of the new law. “We are a worldwide family of churches, but their mission is the same in every […]