Category: Sacraments

Pope Francis and Communion

Jesus taught that divorcees who marry a second time commit adultery (Mk 10:11). The Church has followed this teaching. Divorcees may not receive Communion. Yet Pope Francis, in his exhortation Amoris Laetitia, is accused by some of now letting them receive Communion.

Can Deacons Anoint the Sick?

During a healing service at a parish in a South African diocese, the deacon invited and anointed those present with the sacred oil of the sick. This was distressing because the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Code of Canon Law expressly forbid anyone but a valid priest or bishop from anointing in this way?

The Four Greatest Eucharistic Miracles

  The Church recognises more than a hundred Eucharistic miracles that have occurred over the centuries. Professor Michael Ogunu looks at four of the most famous ones. The Real Presence Eucharistic miracles are God’s...

Faith and our Fancy-Dress: First Holy Communion

Julia Beacroft reflects on her children’s First Holy Communion and the fuss of dressing up… I’ve lost count of the number of fancy-dress costumes that I’ve made for my four adult children over the...