Stephen Hawking’s visit to the Vatican the week of Nov. 28, has raised curiosity, with some asking what exactly the famed astrophysicist and self-proclaimed atheist was doing in the heart of the Catholic Church.
But for the Vatican, his visit was nothing out of the ordinary. Hawking is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences—which includes 80 of the most brilliant scientists in the world—and he was in Vatican City for the group’s annual meeting. Read more
While some passages in Pope Francis’ new document may be unclear and open to multiple interpretations, the correct view is that which aligns with the tradition and teaching of the Church, said a synod consultor and leading expert on Catholic family studies.
The pope’s exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” must be read in “doctrinal continuity,” said Fr. José Granados, vice president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and consultor of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.