Bishops Bransfield, Bennett restricted from exercising ministry

The restrictions against Bishop Bransfield are the result of a monthslong preliminary investigation conducted by Archbishop Lori into allegations of sexual harassment & misconduct, as well as financial improprieties. ☩ Catholic News Agency via National Catholic Register

An Encyclical on Homosexuality?

Apart from the grace of God, our most urgent need at the moment is a papal encyclical on homosexuality. Failing that, the American Catholic bishops should issue a collective pastoral letter on homosexuality. And failing that, individual American bishops should issue diocesan pastoral letters on homo ☩ David Carlin of The Catholic Thing

What was Lent like in the early Church?

Lent as we know it today took many centuries to develop. ☩ Philip Kosloski of Aleteia

Influential German Activist Predicts ‘More Married Priests’ Soon

Critics are concerned that October’s Amazon synod may effectively overturn the tradition of clerical celibacy in the Latin Rite ☩ Edward Pentin of National Catholic Register

Hitting the Nail on the Head this Lent

One thing that has come to me for my main Lenten practice this year is frequent praying of the Stations of the Cross. ☩ Sister Christina M. Neumann of Catholic Stand

After the Cardinals Pell & Barbarin Verdicts; Church Under Siege, Stunned

Both Pell and Barbarin have been found guilty on the basis of questionable proofs, both in a second trial after the first had ended without a guilty verdict ☩ Sandro Magister of Settimo Cielo via L'Espresso

St. Catherine of Siena on Perennial Principles for Our Attitudes towards Priests

What does the Doctor Diagnose? Listening to the Church Doctor ☩ Sister Mary Catherine Blanding, I.H.M., of Homiletic & Pastoral Review

An agenda for the soft despotism of same-sex marriage in Australia

Activists have a long shopping list of urgently needed changes in Australian society ☩ Michael Cook of Mercatornet

Why a Liberal Society May Favor One Religion Over Others

Mild & Equitable Establishments ☩ Richard W. Garnett, J.D., of First Things

The Church Cannot Be Silent About The "Orientation" Toward Homosexuality

During the Vatican Summit on the Church’s clergy sexual abuse crisis Archbishop Charles Scicluna, who was one of the Vatican’s main spokesmen at the Summit, was asked by the media if the Summit would deal with homosexuality as a possible problem behind the sexual abuse crisis. The archbishop responded that homosexuality and heterosexuality are “human conditions,” adding, “they are not something that predisposes to sin.” The Archbishop appears to be saying that sexual orientation is neutral or that homosexual orientation is equal to heterosexual orientation in that neither pushes or leads one into sin. ☩ Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap.

The Secrets of the Demonic: How This Vatican Exorcist Experiences the Spiritual Realm

The Atlantic recently published a mini-documentary about Vatican exorcist Fr. Raffaele Talmelli. ☩ ChurchPOP

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