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.”
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.
In UK, parish priests hit by Covid financial crisis (The Tablet) Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak “introduced the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) to help people who are not salaried have some income during the pandemic,” according to the report. “But priests who have asked for this financial assistance have been rejected by the tax collecting authority.”
USCCB calls for prayers for Lebanon, assistance for disaster victims (USCCB) “The world watched with shock and horror the catastrophic explosion in the Port of Beirut Tuesday,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles (president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops) and Bishop David Malloy of Rockford (chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace). “Over 135 have died, thousands are injured, and the suffering has only begun to be told.”
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.
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.”
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.