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The Pope’s remarks on the abuse crisis on the way to Portugal have prompted comment from, among others, John Allen, Ruth Gledhill, Rod Dreher, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and Kevin Clarke.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s frank address on the state of Irish Catholicism has also provoked comment from Fr James Martin SJ, Rod Dreher, James Mackey and John Cooney.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, says the Pope sincerely desires to reach a canonical solution with the Society.

The Brazilian bishops are preparing to issue new guidelines to combat clerical abuse.

The Vatican City State has announced a major upgrade to its communications infrastructure.

Fr Joseph Fessio SJ takes issue with the Tablet’s recent report on Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s criticisms of Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Joseph Bottum of First Things issues a blunt call for Cardinal Sodano’s resignation.

And Paul Cat presents flow chart guide to the concept of mortal sin.

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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has publicly criticised Cardinal Angelo Sodano’s comments about the abuse crisis on Easter Sunday.

Cardinal Walter Kasper says the talks between the SSPX and the Holy See are “not easy”.

President Doris Leuthard of Switzerland discussed the abuse crisis with Pope Benedict yesterday (video).

The Pope has appointed Mgr Liam MacDaid as the new Bishop of Clogher.

Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has told a group of physicians that no one is the “ultimate arbiter of life“.

Fr Federico Lombardi says Benedict XVI’s trip to Portugal next week will have a strong Marian dimension.

The Catholic Truth Society is organising a spiritual bouquet to be presented to the Pope when he visits Britain.

Comedy Central is planning a new cartoon featuring Jesus living in New York City to escape his “powerful but apathetic father”.

Sandro Magister and Fr Joseph Komonchak discuss how the Church can be holy when its members are sinners.

Hubert Wolf at Foreign Policy asks how much the wartime Church knew about the Holocaust.

Russell Shaw argues that Pope Benedict is an innovative social thinker.

John Zogby crunches the numbers of a recent poll of American Catholics about the abuse crisis.

Russell Moore wonders why the Catholic novelist Walker Percy didn’t kill himself.

Rome Reports asks people on the streets of the Eternal City how to encourage people to go to church.

And Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo will receive an honorary doctorate from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis today.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to the Irish Church has provoked a deluge of commentary. Here are some of the most interesting comments: John Allen, Lisa Miller, Fr Ray Blake, Fr Tim Finigan, George Pitcher, Giles Pinnock, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, Vatican Radio, Fr Federico Lombardi and Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

The third official meeting of the representatives of the Holy See and of the SSPX for doctrinal talks took place on Saturday.

Catholics in Zambia are asking the Pope to remove the Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu of Lusaka.

Rome Reports says Archbishop Oscar Romero’s Cause is gaining new momentum (video).

Pope Benedict reflected on the universality of art at a concert on Saturday night in the Clementine Hall (video).

Theologian Tina Beattie and atheist Carl Packman discuss God, Christianity and violence.

And the Vatican now has an official Twitter account.

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The Equality Bill continues to provoke debate. Martin Salter MP has apologised for calling the Pope “a bloke in a dress”. E Jane Dickson says that if she were the Pope, she wouldn’t quote Aristotle. Jonathan Chaplin, Jonathan Oliver and Peter Hitchens defend the Pontiff. And the Christian Science Monitor offers an interesting summary of the debate from across the pond.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has implied that Anglicans accepting the Pope’s offer will not be “truly converted Roman Catholics”.

Church of Scotland ministers are not happy with Pope Benedict’s address to the Scottish bishops.

Jeff Israely of Time says Pope Benedict XVI will bring a tough message to Britain in September.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior general of the SSPX, has said that reaching agreement with the Holy See is not possible “in human terms”.

German Mariologist Manfred Hauke suggests that the alleged messages of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje “contain elements that speak clearly against a supernatural origin of the phenomenon”.

Catholic business executives have honoured the pro-life work of George W Bush, to the irritation of John Gehring of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

The Brazilian landowner accused of ordering the murder of American nun Dorothy Stang is back in jail.

Two American street preachers have been shot and killed by a teenager who apparently opposed their message.

Fr Mauro Gagliardi’s commentary on the Lectionary and Liturgy of the Word in the two forms of the Roman Rite is now available in English.

The official website of the Newman Cause hails the decision of the Bishops of England and Wales to end their ad limina visit with Mass in the church where John Henry Newman was ordained a Catholic priest.

John Allen awards Cardinal George Pell the title of number one “rumour magnet” in the Catholic Church and defends the use of the term “Taliban Catholicism” (to the consternation of Jimmy Akin).

Max Hastings says legalised assisted suicide would be “a path to barbarity“.

On the Commonweal website, Eric Bugyis suggests that calls for “civility” are just a way of closing down debate.

And an atheist preacher has been allowed to stay in office after a court ruled that his views did not differ fundamentally from those of liberal theologians in the Protestant Church of the Netherlands.

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Love is “the badge of the Christian“, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Angelus address yesterday (video here).

The Pope also called on businesses around the world to stem the flow of job losses.

SSPX members have attacked an FSSP church in Mexico.

Meanwhile, Bishop Richard Williamson is continuing to deny the Holocaust.

The reconstruction of Haiti needs to be based on human rights and the principle of subsidiarity, the Holy See’s representative at the UN has said.

The Catholic News Service now has a reporter on the ground in Haiti who will be filing reports all this week.

A Catholic woman is refusing to pay her licence fee over the BBC’s support for abortion.

Almost three quarters of British people support assisted suicide for the terminally ill, according to a BBC poll.

Quality not quantity is the key to Catholic education, Cardinal Seán Brady has told Vatican Radio (audio).

Fr Richard Duffield of the Birmingham Oratory has met Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston to discuss Newman’s Cause.

Susan Boyle says she is dreaming of singing for the Pope when he visits Scotland on the first leg of his visit to Britain in September.

The Knights of Columbus are delivering 100,000 prayer books to US armed services personnel.

No Hidden Magenta wonders if Peter Singer and the Catholic Church can end global poverty together.

Fr Dwight Longenecker “shoots at his hunting buddies” with a critique of traditionalism.

And Father Z considers whether to buy the National Catholic Reporter.

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La Croix reports that Bishop Richard Williamson has broken his enforced silence, giving an interview in French, describing Vatican-SSPX talks as a “dialogue of the deaf“.

The Holy See and the SSPX have reportedly held a “secret” meeting.

Pope Benedict XVI has asked Ireland’s bishops to come to Rome next month to discuss the country’s abuse crisis.

The new Archbishop of Malines-Brussels has changed his name and set out his ambitions for the post.

The New York Times reports on bloody clashes between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

Malaysian police say they have arrested eight people over the firebombing of a church.

Let’s build a better Haiti, urges the head of Caritas in the earthquake-struck country.

A Catholic archbishop is supporting a Protestant leader who criticised Germany’s role in Afghanistan.

The Vatican has outlined the agenda for October’s Synod on the Middle East (lineamenta in full here).

Pro-abortion senator Barbara Boxer has said the US Senate’s healthcare bill abortion compromise is “only an ‘accounting procedure’ “.

The New York Times relishes a guide to food and drink made by monks and nuns.

Mark Shea wrestles with the meaning of the term “neo-Catholic”.

And Terry Eagleton has dedicated his new book, On Evil, to Henry Kissinger.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s “state of the world” address has provoked a remarkable variety of headlines around the world (official video here).

A woman running for a European Commission post may be about to be rejected because she is Catholic, in a re-run of the Rocco Buttiglione affair.

Holocaust survivors are urging Rome’s chief rabbi to tell the Pope of their pain at the decision to advance Pius XII’s Cause.

Michael Sean Winters predicts that Pope Benedict will regret his dealings with “anti-Semitic monarchists who have been disloyal to every pope since Leo XIII”.

One of the most exotically named members of the College of Cardinals has died, aged 84.

A couple explain what it felt like to have their newborn baptised by the Holy Father in the Sistine Chapel.

US Catholic stands up for the much-maligned post-conciliar musical tradition.

The Daily Telegraph says the late Eric Rohmer “was a Roman Catholic film-maker rather than a film-maker who happened to be Roman Catholic”.

Steven D Greydanus worries that the third Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is drifting away from guiding vision of C S Lewis.

SSPX and Holy See talks: new details emerge

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The excellent New Liturgical Movement has a fascinating post on the ground rules for the discussions between the Holy See and the SSPX. What jumped out at me were that both parties are taping and filming each session. This is presumably a precaution in case the talks end in acrimony.

Here’s the full list of conditions:

1) The outcome of the first meeting has been good.

2) Primarily the agenda and the method of discussion were established.

3) The issues to be discussed are of a doctrinal nature to the express exclusion of any canonical question regarding the situation of the SSPX.

4) The common doctrinal reference point will be the Magisterium prior to the Council.

5) The talks follow a rigorous method: an issue is raised, and the party raising it sends a paper substantiating its doubts. The Holy See responds in writing, after prior email exchanges among the technical advisers. At the meeting, the issue is discussed.

6) All meetings are taped by both parties and filmed.

7) The conclusions of each topic will be submitted to the Holy Father and the Superior General of the SSPX.

The timing of these meetings depends on whether the topic is new or is already being discussed. In the first case, it will be approximately every three months. In the second, every two. The next meeting is planned for mid January.

9) The theological representatives of the Holy See “are people you can talk with”, they speak “the same (theological) language as we”. (meaning presumably they are Thomists).

10) Some of the topics mentioned by the bishop in his homily, not exhaustively, are:

a) The Magisterium of the Council and after the Council.

b) The conciliar liturgical reform.

c) Ecumenism and interreligious dialogue.

e) Papal authority and collegiality.

f) Freedom of conscience, religious freedom, secularism and the social reign of Jesus Christ.

g) Human rights and human dignity according to the Council’s teaching.

Written by Luke Coppen

December 22, 2009 at 11:45 am

SSPX talks ‘cordial, respectful and constructive’, says Vatican

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The first meeting between Vatican and SSPX theologians took place this morning.

Ecclesia Dei has just issued the following statement:

On Monday 26 October 2009 in the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, headquarters of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, the study commission made up of experts from Ecclesia Dei and from the Society of St Pius X held its first meeting, with the aim of examining the doctrinal differences still outstanding between the Society and the Apostolic See.

In a cordial, respectful and constructive climate, the main doctrinal questions were identified. These will be studied in the course of discussions to be held over coming months, probably twice a month. In particular, the questions due to be examined concern the concept of Tradition, the Missal of Paul VI, the interpretation of Vatican Council II in continuity with Catholic doctrinal Tradition, the themes of the unity of the Church and the Catholic principles of ecumenism, the relationship between Christianity and non-Christian religions, and religious freedom. The meeting also served to specify the method and organisation of the work.

Rocco Palmo quotes the head of the SSPX delegation, Bishop Alfonso de Gallarreta, as saying that “in the best case… we have several years of discussions ahead of us”.

Photo: Members of the SSPX delegation, background centre, framed by Vatican Swiss guards, enter the Vatican earlier today (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm

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The Pope opens Vatican II up for further questioning

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Yesterday’s big Vatican news was the official confirmation that talks between Rome and the SSPX will begin on Monday, October 26.

Rorate Caeli reports that the Vatican’s high-powered delegation will consist of Mgr Guido Pozzo, head of Ecclesia Dei; Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer SJ, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Fr Charles Morerod OP, secretary of the International Theological Commission; Mgr Fernando Ocáriz, Vicar General of Opus Dei; and Fr Karl Josef Becker SJ, consultant of the CDF.

According to the New Liturgical Movement, the SSPX line-up will include Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta, director of the seminary Corredentora Nuestra Señora de La Reja in Argentina; Fr Benoît de Jorna, director of the International Seminary of Saint Pius X in Ecône; Fr Jean-Michel Gleize, professor of ecclesiology at Ecône; and Fr Patrick de La Rocque, prior of the French priory St Louis Nantes.

In a communiqué, the SSPX said the talks would “require the necessary discretion for a peaceful exchange on doctrinal issues that are difficult”.

The Vatican and the SSPX are expected to issue a formal statement after the October 26 meeting.

Robert Moynihan has written a good overview of what will be on the table when the two sides meet. He says:

With Benedict’s decision, the Second Vatican Council is, in a certain sense, as it were, being called in ‘for further questioning’ – for an new examination and cross-examination, like a witness in a trial, to determine what the Council actually said, and intended.

Fr Ray Blake agrees that the talks are not so much about the SSPX as they are about what really happened at Vatican II.

Ignatius Insight offers a useful primer on Vatican II and the ecclesiology of Joseph Ratzinger.

And in other conciliar news, an American bishop has declared that the “spirit of Vatican II” is a “demon that must be exorcised”.

(Photo: Portraits of Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of the Society of St Pius X, flank a crucifix CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

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October 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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