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Cardinal Pell opposes any change on Communion for divorced, remarried

Cardinal George Pell

IN a book coming out just before October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal George Pell rules out proposed changes to Church practice that would allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. “Doctrine and pastoral practice cannot be contradictory,” writes Cardinal Pell, a former Archbishop of Sydney who now serves as prefect of the Secretariat for ... Read More »

Couples with kids, co-habitating are among those marrying at papal Mass

Bride and groom

AMONG the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children. The Pope, who is the Bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on September 14. The event, which will see ... Read More »

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family


By Francis X. Rocca for Catholic News Service THE working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family. The 75-page “instrumentum laboris”, published by the Vatican on June 26, is supposed ... Read More »

Even under attack, family shows its importance, Vatican official says


THE continuing strength of many traditional families around the world and the longing of many people to have such a family demonstrate that “despite past or even current challenges, the family, in fact, is the fundamental unit of human society”, the Vatican observer to United Nations agencies in Geneva said. Addressing the UN Human Rights Council on June 24, Archbishop ... Read More »

Intentionally childless couples influenced by culture of ‘well-being’


POPE Francis blamed a “culture of well-being” and comfort for convincing married couples that a carefree life of world travel and summer homes was better than having children.  He said married couples should look at how Jesus loves his Church to learn how to be faithful, perseverant and fruitful in their vocation.  About 15 married couples celebrating their 25th, 50th ... Read More »

Hold on to what you love

Couple holding hands sunset

Smart Loving by Francine and Byron Pirola AS we fall across the ‘Christmas-NY’ line, we look back on the past month with a sigh of relief and a tinge of regret. Yet another frantic Advent with barely time to think about Jesus or our loved ones except to curse the ones who obstinately remain difficult to buy for. Every year, ... Read More »

How about a New Year’s resolution for couples?


By Byron and Francine Pirola EVERY New Year’s Eve it’s the same; we resolve to lose weight, get fit, cut back on bad habits and bring more balance into our lives. And sometimes, we even do follow through, even if only for a few months. These are not bad resolutions. The question is: are these things the ones on which ... Read More »

NSW MP continues defence of marriage

NSW MP continues defence of marriage

OPPONENTS of the legalisation of same-sex marriage have reiterated the Federal Government should be the only legislator on the matter. NSW MP Greg Donnelly (pictured) warned “the battle over the meaning of marriage has clearly moved from the Commonwealth Parliament to state and territory legislatures”. His comments came as debate in the NSW Parliament on a proposed bill to create ... Read More »

Society is taking a wrong turn

Society is taking a wrong turn

There is a push towards recognising homosexual marriage in Australia and the issue is becoming a major election issue. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England recently wrote on the topic.   WEEKS ago, Royal Assent was given to the controversial Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which attempts to redefine the institution of marriage and to extend marriage to gay ... Read More »

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