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Massimo Faggioli on Iuvenescit Ecclesia

This letter of the CDF under Francis is a new appraisal of the role given to the movements by his two predecessors.

Why Is the Vatican Now Letting Advocates of Women’s Ordination Hold a Demonstration in its Back Yard?

For the first time the group has been given official permission to hold a public demonstration in the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo on Friday, the day that the Pope celebrates a jubilee Mass for priests in St Peter’s Square. Members of the women’s ordination group have also been given tickets to attend the Mass.

Francis to create commission to study female deacons in Catholic church: Some initial thoughts

The National Catholic Reporter reports that, in a Q&A session at a gathering of women religious, Pope Francis said that he thought a commission to study the question of women in the diaconate was a good idea. Here are a few initial random thoughts…

A Place for Reconciliation

Should the Church be holding more open-air reconciliation events, out in the sunshine?

Pope Warns Against Admitting Rigid, Fundamentalist Young Men into Seminary

“Father, have you ever asked yourself why there are policemen who are torturers?”

Amoris Laetitia, paragraph 15

“We know that the New Testament speaks of “churches that meet in homes” (cf. 1 Cor 16:19; Rom 16:5; Col 4:15; Philem 2). A family’s living space could turn into a domestic church, a setting for the Eucharist, the presence of Christ seated at its table. We can never forget the image found in the Book of Revelation, where the Lord says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20).”


Two Intriguing Passages in Amoris Laetitia

Here are two very interesting passages that we might start with at Pray Tell – on the marriage rite and married clergy.

Cardinal Sarah: Priests Don’t Have to Wash Women’s Feet

I’m confident that the vast, vast majority of bishops will use commonsense, follow the evangelical example of Pope Francis, and wash the feet of women next week.

Catholic Herald on Cardinal Sarah and Liturgy

Isn’t it one of the three things that God doesn’t know, what a Jesuit is thinking?

Evangelii Gaudium promotes authentic liturgy. A turning point toward a sixth Instruction on the Reform of the Liturgy?

“Rather than creating ‘unrealities’ – like artificial languages based on Latin that do not exist and will never exist, even by the decree of a Roman congregation – let us heed the invitation to give primacy to reality, to truly step outside the walls we have built around us, to breathe pure air, to speak in living languages, to be among our brothers and sisters, to take in the smell…”