Formula for Baptism cannot be altered, Vatican says (Vatican News) The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has said that a newly popular form of Baptism is invalid, and those people baptized with this formula must be baptized again. The CDF ruled that saying “we baptize you,” rather than “I baptize you,” is improper and invalid, explaining that “when one baptizes it is really Christ Himself who baptizes.” The CDF cautioned against changing the formula for a sacrament, saying that doing so is a liturgical abuse and a “wound inflicted upon the ecclesial communion.”
Six lay women named to Vatican Council for Economy (Vatican News) Pope Francis has appointed seven lay members—six of them women—to the Council for the Economy, which supervises the work of the Secretariat for the Economy. The Pontiff has also replaced six of the eight prelates who serve on the Council. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who heads the group, remains in place. Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark is the only American member of the Council.
Democrats 'want to put the churches out of business,' President Trump tells EWTN (CNA) Asked “if there was one message you wanted to say to our viewers,” President Trump responded: “Well, I think anybody having to do with, frankly, religion, but certainly the Catholic Church, you have to be with President Trump when it comes to pro-life, when it comes to all of the things, these people are going to take all of your rights away, including Second Amendment, because, you know, Catholics like their Second Amendment.”
Pope begins new series of talks on issues raised by pandemic (Vatican News) At his public audience on Wednesday, August 5, Pope Francis announced that he was beginning a new series of weekly talks on the social issues that have been highlighted by the Covid pandemic. The Pope—who was resuming his weekly audiences after a July break—said that the Church has no expertise on the medical aspects of the pandemic, but can offer a moral perspective on the social and political issues that have come to the fore.
Managua cathedral fire was no accident, Nicaraguan cardinal says (AP) Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes of Managua has rejected the claim by Nicaraguan police that a fire in the city’s cathedral was accidental. Government officials had floated the theory that fumes from disinfectant had ignited, starting the fire. The cardinal insisted, to the contrary, that it was a “savage and terrorist” arson attack.
Brazil bishops rap president's leadership (Fides) More than 150 Brazilian Catholic bishops have signed a statement criticizing President Jair Bolsonaro for his handling of the covid pandemic and of the nation’s economic crisis. The bishops charge that ‘the current government system does not focus on the human person and the good of all, but on the uncompromising defense of the interests of an economy that kills.” They also charged that the government is cultivating unhealthy ties with fundamentalist groups.
Birmingham Oratory reluctantly complies with bishop's Communion-in-hand order (Catholic Herald) Priests in England’s Birmingham Oratory have said that they will comply with an order from Archbishop Bernard Longley forbidding the distribution of Communion on the tongue, but “are praying and hoping that this instruction will be rescinded as soon as possible.” The Oratory explained that in the Extraordinary Form, which they celebrate regularly, Communion in the hand is not allowed.
Australian bishops issue statement on mental health (Catholic Outlook) “We want to say clearly that mental ill-health is not a moral failure, the result of a lack of faith, or of weak will,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in the foreword to the statement. “Jesus himself was labelled mad (Mark 3:21; John 10:19) and, like us, he suffered psychological distress (Luke 22:44; Matt 26:37; Mark 14:33; John 12:27).”