Viennese cardinal displeased by Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

Vienna, Austria, Mar 25, 2021 / 09:01 pm (CNA).- Christoph Cardinal Schönborn has declared he was “not happy with the explanation of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith”, since the message reported by the dicastery was “only a no”, and declared he would, under certain circumstances, bless same-sex unions.

The CDF said March 15 that the Church hasn’t the power to bless same-sex unions.

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“Resurrection” Is a Worthy, Family-Friendly Offering for Holy Week

Every year, I go through a list of films and miniseries about the life of Christ that I want to watch, or avoid, to prepare for Holy Week and Easter. There are many options.

After all, cinematic depictions of the life of Christ are as old as film itself. Some of the earliest were the silent films Jesus Christ (1905) and From the Manger to the Cross (1912). Later, big technicolor spectacles like King of Kings (1961) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) were one expression of the life of Christ, with Pasolini’s stark, Marxism-infused The Gospel According to Matthew (1964) representing another. A few years later, hippie Jesus stories became the norm, with Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell—both from 1973, and both lacking Jesus’s bodily Resurrection at the end—as the best-known examples. In subsequent years, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) captured the conspiratorial spirit of post-orthodoxy, while Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) pushed back hard in the opposite direction, striving for a total authenticity designed to cut viewers to the heart with the Gospel.

And then there is television, with the very best depiction of the life of Christ remaining Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth (1977), which I have watched every year during Lent since I was a child. Joining this tradition in recent years have been several offerings from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, including The Bible (2013) for the History Channel, along with the subsequent film Son of God (2014), compiled with footage from the series.

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New Staten Ireland Ferry to be named for Dorothy Day, Catholic activist who loved the poor

New York City, N.Y., Mar 25, 2021 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- One of the newest Staten Island ferry boats in New York harbor will be named for the Catholic journalist, radical social activist, and possible saint, Dorothy Day.

 

Kate Hennessy, a granddaughter of Day and author of the book “Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty,” commented on the honors.

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Yes, Pope Francis was involved in the CDF’s document on same-sex blessings

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2021 / 07:19 pm (CNA).- Following a Vatican clarification that the Church cannot bless same-sex unions, some media outlets have speculated about Pope Francis’ involvement – or lack thereof – in releasing the document.

However, the pope’s consent is a necessary part of any responsum, and Pope Francis himself has multiple times reiterated the Church’s well-established teaching on marriage and sexuality.

The document in question is the responsum (response) which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gave to a question about the blessing to same-sex unions. The responsum said that “God cannot bless sin.”

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