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Pope Francis calls ‘torture’ a ‘mortal’ sin

I’m a little disturbed by Pope Francis calling torture “a very grave, mortal sin.” From Catholic Reference Dictionary: The terms mortal, deadly, grave, and serious applied to sin are synonyms, each with a slightly different implication. Mortal and deadly focus on the effects in the sinner, namely deprivation of the state of friendship with God; […]

Cardinal Collins on OECTA at WorldPride: ‘What are you thinking?’

LifeSiteNews reports: Toronto Cardinal Thomas Collins had blunt words on Friday for Ontario’s English Catholic Teachers Association over its participation in the WorldPride parade later this month.   Noting that people with homosexual inclinations should be treated with respect “in harmony with the gospel,” the cardinal told the National Post that OECTA’s participation in the […]

Jesus’ wounds are the price of forgiveness, says Pope

Vatican City, Jun 1, 2014 / 06:32 am (CNA).- Pope Francis focused his Angelus message today on the saving power of Jesus’ redemption, explaining that the risen Christ who ascends to heaven brings the scars of his crucifixion with him. “And Jesus, when he goes to heaven, carries there a gift for the Father. Have […]

Pope Francis Probably Should Not Be Tweeting

Father Dwight Longenecker writes at Aleteia: Should the Pope Tweet? Knowledgable Catholics are aware that there is a difference between a pope’s personal utterances and infallible church teaching. Informed observers understand that formal papal pronouncements and authoritative teaching are a very different matter than a pope’s off-the-cuff comments, personal observations, and private conversations.   Unfortunately, […]