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Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis To the People of God

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis To the People of God

This article was written by Pope Francis and was first published in The Vatican website.

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons.

Crimes that inflict deep wounds of pain and powerlessness, primarily among the victims, but also in their family members and in the larger community of believers and nonbelievers alike.

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Sister from Eileen O’Connor’s order ‘nudged’ Church to advance her cause for sainthood

Sister from Eileen O’Connor’s order ‘nudged’ Church to advance her cause for sainthood

This article was written by Emilie Ng and originally appeared in The Catholic Leader on August 23, 2018

THE former congregational leader for Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor possibly “nudged” the Holy See to consider her foundress, Sydney woman Eileen O’Connor, as Australia’s next saint.

Miss O’Connor, who founded Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor, or the Brown Nurses, in 1913, was given formal recognition as a candidate for sainthood after receiving the title of Servant of God last week.

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Is limiting priestly ordination to men an unchangeable truth of Catholic faith

Is limiting priestly ordination to men an unchangeable truth of Catholic faith

At the Gregorian University, where I taught theology between 1973 and 2006, I valued Luis Ladaria as a teacher, writer, colleague, and vice-rector. He stood tall as acting dean of theology when the incumbent died suddenly. But, with all respect to his person, record, and his present office, I want to raise some questions about his article in L’Osservatore Romano on 30 May.

Cardinal-designate Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, recalls that when Pope St John Paul II taught in his apostolic letter, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis of 22 May 1994, that priestly ordination is limited to male Christians, he did not teach ex cathedra. John Paul II was not solemnly defining a revealed doctrine on his own authority as infallible. Instead, the Pope appealed to the constant and unanimous teaching of Catholic bishops around the world.

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