CDF official: No link between celibacy or homosexuality and pedophilia (Revista Palabra (Spanish)) While denying a link between homosexuality and pedophilia, Father Jordi Bertomeu Farnos, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that “a certain homosexual subculture typical of some clerical groups and present in certain seminaries or novitiates, with the consequent tolerance of active homosexual behaviors, may lead to pederasty.” The priest also criticized the notion that clerical celibacy was a medieval innovation; instead, he said, scholars have shown that it dates from the time of the Gospels.
Prelate foresees 'hard times' for Church in Lebanon (Aid to the Church in Need) “We are living like in an earthquake,” said Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop George Bacouni of Beirut, the capital of the Middle Eastern nation of 6.1 million (map). “We’re facing enormous economic problems, including a failing banking system … There’s a risk of losing the young generation: they don’t want to stay in Lebanon.”
No eulogies at funeral Masses, Cardinal Cupich affirms (National Catholic Reporter) “Eulogies, stories, and favorite songs are most appropriately shared during this time of visitation at the Evening Vigil,” the Archdiocese of Chicago’s revised guidelines state. During the funeral Mass, “the pastor of the parish may allow a reflection by one individual. This is to take place between the Post-Communion prayer and the end of Mass. The personal reflections should be limited to 3 minutes and are to be presented in writing to the pastoral minister assisting the family in advance of the service.”
Cardinal Tagle: Listening, interpersonal relationships are crucial for evangelization (Fides) Speaking in Manila, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples discussed the importance of “listening to God and listening to each other with patience, interest and attention. This is a necessary first step in evangelization.” Young people and women, he added, should have a great involvement in evangelization: the former “know the digital world better than us and can give us wonderful advice,” while the latter “have a natural predisposition to interpersonal communication: let us also learn from them.”
German Catholics complete final preparations for 'synodal way' (CNS) “Our bishops’ conference verified the issues—authority, participation, the separation of powers, sexual morality, the priestly form of life, women in Church services and orders—and wishes to face these issues, especially because a vast number of believers await this,” said Matthias Kopp, the bishops’ spokesman.
Pope thanks Congregation for clear guidance in recognition of saints (Vatican Press Office) “The witness of the blesseds and saints enlightens us, attracts us, and also challenges us,” Pope Francis said during a December 12 audience with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The Pontiff said that the work of the Congregation, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year, “makes it possible to clear the field of any ambiguity or doubt” in the recognition of saints.
Pope recalls suffering of Ukrainian Catholics under Soviet rule (Vatican Press Office) The Byzantine-rite Eparchy of Mukachevo “is the mother of many martyrs, who with their own blood confirmed their fidelity to Christ, to the Catholic Church, and to the Bishop of Rome,” Pope Francis said in a December 11 audience marking the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the eparchy from hiding. “In particular, let us remember the Blessed Martyr Bishop Teodor Romzha, who in the darkest moments of your history was able to guide God’s people with evangelical wisdom and courage.”
Vatican declares 27 new martyrs (Vatican Press Office) In a series of decrees issued on December 12, the Congregation for the Causes of Saints proclaimed 17 new martyrs from the Spanish civil war. The Congregation also approved a miracle through the intercession of Maria Luigia of the Blessed Sacrament, a 19th-century Italian religious; and acknowledged the heroic virtue of six other candidates for beatification from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Brazil.