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The latest developments in the “Viganò case.” What to make of them?

In recent weeks some facts and “non-facts” have been at the centre of attention on Catholic social media. The facts are those that have really happened; the “non-facts” are the hypothetical ones, present in the imagination of bloggers more than in reality. A first non-fact is the existence of a document that would prohibit or limit the traditional Mass. This document, first spoken of by Rorate Coeli and carefully investigated by Messainlatino, seems to have been in a drawer of the Dicastery for Worship, perhaps for over a…

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Quae utilitas in sanguine meo?

Quae utilitas in sanguine meo? — “What profit is there in my blood?” (Ps 29:10) These words of the Psalms can be a source of meditation in a month, like that of July, dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. They are words that express the profound sadness, the anguish of one who has the doubt that His sacrifice, unto the shedding of blood, has been in vain. This thought, this sadness, tormented Jesus since He had the use of reason in…

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The European Union and its future

“Two lame ducks, Macron and Scholz, and a former sovereignist ugly duckling turned into a swan, Giorgia Meloni. This is what is left of Europe after the electoral earthquake.” These words, written by the columnist Antonio Polito in the Corriere della Sera of 11 June, express the essence of the electoral result of the European elections. The Franco-German engine of the European Union is “broken down” and Giorgia Meloni has established herself as the only European prime minister to have increased and stabilised popular support after two…

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Does the Church Still Believe in the Supernatural? – From Fiducia supplicans to the norms on the discernment of supernatural phenomena

The declaration Fiducia supplicans, issued on Dec. 18, 2023 by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, with the approval of Pope Francis, has been one of the most controversial points of this pontificate, but it has also marked a turning point thanks to the vast reaction of cardinals, bishops, and entire episcopal conferences, starting with those “peripheries” that the Pope has so often invoked as bearers of authentic religious and human values (https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2023/12/fidelis-supplicans-and-upcoming.html). The reason for the protest is the contradiction the document seems…