The Church’s Response to Medjugorje Apparitions – Updated Timeline

Ann VucicChurch News, Medjugorje, Pope Francis

1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin 1984: Local bishop, diocese of Mostar forms a commission to investigate the events in Medjugorje. 1986: Bishop submits a negative decision about Medjugorje to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF), which at the time was led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later, Pope Benedict). 1986: CDF, under Cardinal Ratzinger … Read More

Timeline of Church’s Response to Medjugorje

Richard SontagMedjugorje, Pope Francis

Please note: A more recent post regarding this subject is available. To read the updated timeline, please visit: Updated Timeline on Church’s Response to Medjugorje.  Timeline of the Church’s response to Medjugorje 1981: Apparitions of Medjugorje begin, taking place in the Diocese of Mostar, in the former Yugoslavia, now called Bosnia-Herzegovina. 1984: Bishop of Mostar, … Read More

Real Jewel in Pope’s Exhortation Comes on Married Love

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis, US News

(Crux) Papal pundits are already entertaining themselves endlessly with the pope’s new letter on marriage and family, Amoris Laetitia, parsing each paragraph that touches on vexed questions and struggling to determine what, if anything, has changed as a result. The danger of course, is that bloggers will hungrily scour the document looking for declarations to … Read More

What is a Cardinal of the Church anyway?

WebmasterChurch News, Pope Francis

Definition & Explanation: Cardinal comes from the Latin word meaning “hinge”.  A cardinal is a dignitary of the Roman Catholic Church and counselor of the pope.* Relations of the cardinals to the bishops The cardinals were, therefore, from a very early period, assistants of the pope in his liturgical functions, in the care of the … Read More

Agree to disagree: How young Catholics pose a unique challenge for the Church

WebmasterChurch News, US News

By Matt Hadro  (CNA/EWTN News).- While a failure to understand doctrine is present in many segments of the Catholic population, young adults are exhibiting an alarmingly casual attitude towards accepting Church teaching, a study commissioned by the U.S. bishops has found. “They feel completely Catholic even while disagreeing with the Church. We often heard ‘the Pope … Read More