Ecclesia


Criticising the Pope is lawful, here’s how
THE ISSUE

Criticising the Pope is lawful, here’s how

Criticism of the Pope is morally licit because he too can make mistakes, except when he speaks ex cathedra. The Bible, the Magisterium and canon law provide for it. But, it must respect the principle of proportion and be guided by prudence and charity.


Orgasms and genitals: Fernández's hot texts continue to surface
Pornotheology

Orgasms and genitals: Fernández's hot texts continue to surface

La pasión mística, the 'hidden' book by the Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, which recently caused a stir, was not a youthful mistake. After 1998, there are three other books by 'Tucho' that have questionable chapters.


Is Hell empty? Jesus says no
GOSPEL WARNING

Is Hell empty? Jesus says no

In the pope’s words pronounced on TV, there is the drama of a Church that in the name of a misunderstood mercy does more to "excuse" than to evangelise. But the "door is narrow", the Lord warns.


In memory of Cardinal Pell: a living martyr of the faith
INTERVIEW / FR. JOSEPH HAMILTON

In memory of Cardinal Pell: a living martyr of the faith

On the first anniversary of the death of the Australian cardinal, his secretary offers the Daily Compass his personal testimony on the man he called "a confessor of the Church". Pell was close in life as even in death to Benedict XVI.


Africa builds “cracked” wall against gay blessings
PERIPHERIES IN DISPUTE

Africa builds “cracked” wall against gay blessings

The bishops' conferences of the Dark Continent rejects blessing homosexual couples because it goes against African culture (what if this changes tomorrow?). Their staunch opposition to Fiducia Supplicans is clear but their argument is weak.


Crisis generates schisms: also Monsignor Viganò goes his own way
CHURCH IN CONFUSION

Crisis generates schisms: also Monsignor Viganò goes his own way

The announced episcopal re-consecration marks a point of no return for Bishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former apostolic nuncio to the USA and great accuser of Pope Francis in the McCarrick scandal. After illicitly ordaining priests throughout Europe, he intends to make a monastic structure in Viterbo the centre of his movement. But, it’s a mistaken and unsuccessful response to the crisis of the Church.


Orgasm like paradise, Fernández's porn-theology
SHOCK BOOK

Orgasm like paradise, Fernández's porn-theology

Orgasm like an anticipation of Paradise. Emerging from oblivion is La Pasión Mística, a shocking book published in 1998 by the current Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (DDF) , Victor Fernández. A morbid focus on sexual union as an act decoupled from procreation and as pleasure alone with a 'pathological' account of a mystical-erotic experience.


Priest excommunicated in Italy, just sanction but problem remains
CHURCH IN CONFUSION

Priest excommunicated in Italy, just sanction but problem remains

A correct reconstruction of the story of Father Ramon Guidetti demonstrates that Bishop Giusti's decision is indisputable. However, a fact also remains. There is growing agitation over the decisions made by this pontificate among the faithful and the clergy, which is pushing many people out of the Church.


Epiphany, in search of the Saviour like the Magi
SOLEMNITY

Epiphany, in search of the Saviour like the Magi

The Church invites us to meditate on the example of the Magi, wise men scanning the heavens and certain that God's 'signature' exists in creation. On the opposite side is Herod, who sees God as a rival, as we too sometimes do, when in fact He is the true joy. An extract from a homily by Benedict XVI.


Surreal communiqué on Fiducia supplicans, Tucho is a disgrace
DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH

Surreal communiqué on Fiducia supplicans, Tucho is a disgrace

Contradictions, illogical phrases and blessings regulated with a stopwatch : a new incredible document on blessings for irregular couples signed by Cardinal Fernandez. For the good of the Church, it’s time he was shown the door.


Blessing without converting: the model is Amoris laetitia
NEW MORALITY

Blessing without converting: the model is Amoris laetitia

Fiducia supplicans only crowns the so-called "via caritatis", the delusion of saving the sinner by excusing sin. It’s a method which has been in place for years that conceals an old error already denounced by Pascal.


Blessing gay couples, all the deceptions of Fiducia supplicans
ANALYSIS

Blessing gay couples, all the deceptions of Fiducia supplicans

Doctrine changed by affirming the opposite, falsification of the concept of couple, word games and ambiguous formulas, rejection of natural law. The Daily Compass and Observatory Van Thuan propose a synthetic inspection of the Vatican document which is splitting the Church.