The motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’ says that they need ‘no permission from the Apostolic See’ to celebrate the Tridentine Mass: their congregation has acted ultra vires
A plea to the Pope: please, Holy Father, overrule the Curia’s probably illegal instruction to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate not to use the 1962 Missal
Having fast-tracked Pope John’s canonisation, will Pope Francis do the same for Pius XII? According to one source, he intends to. Fingers crossed
Now the ‘Hitler’s Pope’ calumny has been so comprehensively discredited, there is no reason for Pope Pius’s cause to be obstructed any longer
The Pope’s new Secretary of State has said things which have thrilled the ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ boys to bits: but there’s nothing here for them
Of course clerical celibacy isn’t a dogma; and Archbishop Parolin thinks that the Church is collegial when the Pope listens first and then decides
Cameron’s humiliation on Thursday was the price he paid for his arrogance and bad judgment: not only over Syria, but also over issues like gay marriage
Cameron has undermined the institution which is still the bedrock of society: and he will continue to pay the price
Is there a moral case for a punitive intervention in Syria? One minute I think there is; and then I am not so sure…
Whatever we do, the people of Syria will remain victims of one of the most murderous political criminals—and also of the weakest international leadership—of modern times
‘A Gift from God’: a stone’s throw from Maryvale, the Ordinariate’s Sisters have now moved into their new convent. Who says prayer doesn’t work?
This is a great day, not simply for the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the Ordinariate, but for the whole English Church
Do you accept that the ‘third secret’ of Fatima has been revealed? Then according to some, you are ‘Catholic-lite’
The future Pope Benedict published a fraudulent text, these people say, to deceive the Faithful. Also, consecrating the whole world didn’t somehow include Russia. Strange, or what?
Test match cricket approaches the profundities otherwise attained only by great literature, even by religion itself. Why does it happen so rarely?
Of course it doesn’t quite achieve what only a religious understanding can deliver: all the same, nearly all human life is there
Reforming the Church is a complex, almost an impossible task. Already, criticism of the Pope’s delays is beginning to mount: he needs our prayers
There have also been scandals implied about some of those he has appointed: the truth of these has been denied by his spokesman, but the gossip persists
The lie of ‘Hitler’s Pope’ collapses, little by little: now, an important new book shows how Pius XII’s protection of the Jews worked on the ground
Two English Bridgettines exemplified how Jews were not merely hidden in religious houses: they were also nurtured and profoundly respected as Jews