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Bishop Steven Lopes of the Ordinariate (CNS)

Bishop Lopes says that a firm resolution to avoid grave sin is necessary before receiving Communion

A woman prays the rosary  (CNS photo/John Taggart, EPA)

Catholic women deserve a more pastoral response than ‘sorry, but you’d better give him what he wants’

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta (CNS)

The bishops say that avoiding sex may be ‘humanly impossible’

Cardinal Gerhard Müller (CNS)

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Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban at the Catholic University of America in Washington last year (CNS)

Virtually every priest who has worked in Africa knows that this is a serious pastoral issue

Liam Neeson as Ferreira in 'Silence' (CNS)

The film handles questions of sin, doctrine and mercy which are at the heart of today’s controversies

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke (AP)

The cardinal said that the Church’s constant teaching and practice admit no exceptions

Fr Antonio Spadaro (right) at the Vatican in 2014 (CNS)

The controversies about screenshots and anonymous accounts have obscured Fr Spadaro’s startling remarks about Communion

Pope Francis greets cardinals in 2014 (CNS)

Robert Spaemann, a friend of Benedict XVI, said the cardinals had chosen the right course and wishes more would join them

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (CNS)

‘First and foremost the apostolic exhortation recalls the mercy and compassion of God,’ the patriarch wrote