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Legislators who legalise euthanasia are ‘accomplices of a grave sin’

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's 20-page document, ‘The Good Samaritan’ warns that “Incurable cannot mean that care has come at an end”.


New book gives Irish perspective on Pope Benedict XVI

The volume of essays takes the reader through the life and thoughts of Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th pontiff – priest, bishop, cardinal, pope and theologian.


CDF: Baptisms conferred with modified formulae are invalid

"With debatable pastoral motives, here resurfaces the ancient temptation to substitute for the formula handed down by Tradition other texts judged more suitable," CDF.


Vatican issues manual for dealing with cases of sexual abuse of minors

“Only a profound knowledge of the law and its aims can render due service to truth and justice” – Vademecum on sexual abuse of minors.


Cardinal George Pell’s prison journal to be published

Cardinal Pell said that prison was “difficult and unpleasant”, but not the worst possible form of suffering. It reinforced the truth of the Christian view of redemptive suffering.


Pontifical secret abolished for cases of sexual abuse

Dioceses can no longer “quote the pontifical secret to avoid either cooperating or sharing with the authorities” Archbishop Charles Scicluna warns.


Irish CDF official praises media’s role in exposing clerical abuse

“You never get used to it, and you can feel your heart and soul hurting.”


Former US cardinal defrocked by Vatican for abusing children

“No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church.”


Vatican child protection meeting given seven-point action plan by Irish clerical abuse survivor

The secrecy surrounding the Church's accountability process for those failing to report child abuse increases the pereception that there is no process in place, says Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins.


Vatican updates guidance on hysterectomies

Removing a reproductive organ incapable of bringing a pregnancy to term should not be qualified as direct sterilisation, says the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


Death penalty is “inadmissible” says Pope

Paragraph 2267 of Catechism, revised by Pope Francis, says “Church works with determination for ... abolition [of death penalty] worldwide”.  


‘Celibacy is contributing to addictive behaviours among some clergy’

Censured Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery to deliver lecture at Edinburgh University on ‘Celibacy, sexuality and the crisis in the priesthood’.


Pope Francis appoints Irish priest to CDF role

Mgr John Kennedy from Dublin is to oversee the disciplinary section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which processes clerical sex abuse cases.


Marie Collins takes CDF chief to task over treatment of abuse commission

“It appears that for you, the concern that the local bishop might feel disrespected far outweighs any concern about disrespecting the survivor.”


“We come to bid our farewell in this earthly life to Cardinal Desmond Connell”

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was joined by most of the Irish hierarchy and the Papal Nuncio for the funeral Mass of the late Dr Connell at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin.


Pope appoints ‘pastoral’ envoy for Medjugorje

The Holy See is still studying the apparitions in Medjugorje and so far has made no pronouncement on them.


Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz is the new leader of Opus Dei worldwide

New leader, who has visited Ireland, is “calm and cheerful”, with very strong grasp of theology.


Bury ashes of the faithful in sacred places: CDF

Dividing ashes, keeping them at home or scattering on land or at sea is not permitted. Burial expresses “faith in resurrection of the body. What you do with ashes must be coherent with faith,” comments Irish theologian.


Pope names commission to study women and diaconate

From the earliest days of the church, women rightly served in key leadership roles: Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich.


Bishop Crean confirms priest’s defrocking for abuse

Daniel Duane's appeal to the CDF over his dismissal from the priesthood over child sexual abuse rejected by the Vatican.


Talk invitation to censured Irish priest revoked

The policy of the Diocese of Cloyne is that a priest who is out of ministry, for whatever reason, cannot exercise a public ministry: Bishop William Crean.


CDF to deliver verdict on Medjugorje after the summer

Prominent Vatican watchers in the Italian media are reporting that a papal commission has found no evidence of supernatural activity at Medjugorje.


Church will introduce married priests within 20 years

ACP's Fr Brendan Hoban warns, it is “now mathematically certain that Irish priests are an endangered species."


New commission to speed up abuse appeals

New college is aimed at tackling the backlog of appeals by accused clerics.


Possible reform of annulment process outlined

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmiero favours letting individual bishops make nullity decisions after careful consideration, based largely on the credibility of the couple.


Fr Brian D’Arcy links his cancer to CDF censure

“I'm not saying it caused it but it certainly didn't do me any good."


Ex nuncio defrocked over child sex abuse

Polish prelate was recalled to Vatican after Archbishop of Santo Domingo informed Pope of allegations against him.


Bishops and ACP discuss vocations crisis

Radical proposals include ordination of women as deacons, inviting back men who left priesthood to marry and ordination of married men of good standing.


CDF distances Church from Medjugorje ‘visionaries’

US tour by Medjugorje visionary, Ivan Dragicevic, cancelled.


Cardinal Levada concerned by catechism-lite Catholics

Former CDF Prefect gives catechesis address in Maynooth.

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