Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Updated: 10:30 a.m. — While a juridical process is necessary for making accurate judgments, the Catholic Church’s marriage annulment process must be quicker, cheaper and much more of a pastoral ministry, Pope Francis said.
CNA/EWTN News Two Colombian bishops indicated on Thursday that while the divorced and remarried are not excommunicated, that still doesn’t mean they are able to receive Communion – in an attempt to clarify recent confusion. At an Aug. 6 press conference, Cardinal Rubén Salazar Gómez of Bogota explained that while
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Catholics who have divorced and are civilly remarried “are not, in fact, excommunicated — they are not excommunicated — and they absolutely must not be treated as if they were,” Pope Francis said. Resuming his Wednesday general audiences Aug. 5 after a
CNA/EWTN News The Venezuelan bishops last week warned that marriage and families in their nation will be weakened as a result of a court decision ruling that spouses can divorce without any evidence of wrongdoing on either’s part. “The theoretical basis for the ruling signals a jurisprudence that can dismantle
Staff Report For today’s Throwback Thursday, the staff shares editorial cartoons from three different decades of The Catholic Telegraph-Register highlighting issues important to the church that now, decades later, are still very much front and center. These cartoons show that the more things change in the culture around us, the
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said that the Catholic Church must consider various ways to integrate the divorced and civilly remarried in the life of the church — not merely allowing them to receive Communion, but letting them serve as eucharistic ministers and
By Walt Schaefer For The Catholic Telegraph Divorce devastates people and Catholics are particularly affected. About 18 years, ago Tom Fagan, a member of Emmanuel Parish in Dayton, experienced divorce “and, at that time, there was nothing out there to help me” through those difficult days.
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Amid rising expectations that the Catholic Church might make it easier for divorced and remarried members to receive Communion, the Vatican’s highest doctrinal official reaffirmed church teaching barring such persons from the sacrament without an annulment of their first, sacramental
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The predicament of divorced and remarried Catholics will be a major topic of discussion when bishops from around the world meet at the Vatican in October 2014. The Vatican announced Oct. 8 that an extraordinary session of the Synod of
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service From his personal prayer life and spirituality to the role of women in the church and the pastoral care of the divorced, Pope Francis responded to several questions about church teaching and ministry July 28 when he met reporters on his flight from Rio