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Reacting to pontifical academy, theologian says teaching of Humanae vitae can't change

St. Paul VI / public domainDenver, Colo., Aug 8, 2022 / 19:01 pm (CNA).The teaching of Humanae vitae on contraception is an instance of the ordinary and universal magisterium, and as such is irreformable, a moral theologian has said in response to a statement from the Pontifical Academy for Life.Father Thomas Petri, O.P., president of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., noted that even critics of the teaching on contraception have "acknowledged that this was always the Church's teaching" and that nowhere in the Church's teaching has there been permissiveness, of any form, of contraception."This suggests that this has always been the teaching of the Church, so it's part of the ordinary, universal magisterium," Petri said. "So even if it's the case that any particular encyclical" such as Humanae vitae "is not infallible, the teaching that it presents is in fact irreformable, because it's part of the ordinary and universal magisterium of the Church."In Humanae vita...

Drive-by gunshots target Denver-area Catholic church

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Adams County, Colorado, sustained thousands of dollars in estimated damage from a pair of drive-by shootings Aug. 6 and Aug. 8, 2022. / Courtesy of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic ChurchDenver, Colo., Aug 8, 2022 / 17:30 pm (CNA).A gunman shot at a Denver-area Catholic church in separate early morning incidents Saturday and Monday. No one was hurt, but one estimate suggests the gunshots caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Parish staff stressed the need to pray for the perpetrator and emphasized that they are taking the utmost security precautions."We are praying for the conversion of whoever did this," Deacon Derrick Johnson of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church told CNA Aug 8. "If there's any opportunity to speak to that person, we'd be happy to speak with them and have a dialogue."Johnson spoke after two separate rounds of gunshots hit the parish church in unincorporated Adam...

Why did the floor of a Spanish monastery turn blood red once a year for almost 500 years?

The community of Trappist monks of the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos, Spain. / Photo credit: Archdiocese of BurgosDenver Newsroom, Aug 9, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA).On Aug. 6 in the year 953, 200 monks living at the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos, Spain, were put to death, martyred by Muslim troops. From that time until the end of the 15th century, the flooring at their place of martyrdom turned red with blood once a year.The prodigious event was repeated until a few years before the Reconquista (Reconquest) in 1492 with the final surrender of the Muslims holding out in Granada and the consolidation of Spanish territory under King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, known as the Catholic Monarchs. According to some experts, the history of the monastery dates back to the fifth century, although the current residents of the convent today state that there is no historical evidence of it until the end of the ninth century.In any case, San Pedro de Cardeña was a...

Quo vadis? Pope revitalizes ancient theologian's rules as a timely guide

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis gave his first full-length interview after his election...

Religious orders call for international intervention in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNS) — Religious orders working in Haiti have called on the international community to...

Two books can help deacons understand, reinvigorate their calling

“Our Life of Service: The Handbook for Catholic Deacons” by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers. Ave Maria...

Be vigilant to God's presence in life, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians should not only face life’s challenges without fear but also...

Ambassador says pope will visit Ukraine before Kazakhstan trip

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis plans to make his long-awaited visit to Ukraine before...

Cardinal Tomko, oldest living cardinal, dead at 98

Cardinal Jozef Tomko in 2018 at a shrine on Mount Zvir, above the village of Litmanová, Slovakia. / Sirocan69 via Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0Rome Newsroom, Aug 8, 2022 / 04:53 am (CNA).Cardinal Jozef Tomko died early Monday morning in Rome at the age of 98. At the time of his death, the Slovakian-born cardinal was the world's oldest living member of the College of Cardinals.Tomko died at 5:00 a.m. Aug. 8 in his apartment, where he was under the care of a dedicated nurse after hospitalization on June 25 for a cervical spine injury, according to Vatican News. He had returned home from Rome's Gemelli Hospital on Aug. 6.The Slovak bishops' conference invited people to pray for Cardinal Tomko in a message announcing his death on Aug. 8.The conference said more information about the cardinal's funeral in Rome and his burial at St. Elizabeth Cathedral in Košice, Slovakia, will be announced soon.Tomko was a member of the College of Cardinals for over 37 years after St. Pope John Paul II mad...

Longtime peace educator Marie Dennis is Pax Christi USA's Teacher of Peace

ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — For more than 50 years, Marie Dennis has been asking herself...

Thought of the Day

Matthew 18:2-3
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

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