In light of October's upcoming Extraordinary Bishop's Synod on the Family and the 2015 Celebration of the Family to be held in Philadelphia, the Catholic Channel at Patheos will be helping readers understand what defines a Bishop's synod, and why this one is extraordinary; what the church actually teaches on issues relevant to the modern family; what arguments are likely to be made and what conclusions may reasonably be expected to come down to us via dialogue and prayer, within the next 18 months.
Brandon Vogt with Cardinal Thomas Collins, Vogt, Word on Fire Catholic Ministries; Cardinal, Archbishop of Toronto
"We need to find better ways to reach out" within the doctrine articulated by Christ.
Ben Conroy, Columnist, The Irish Catholic
The Synod is a chance for the church to get ahead of a coming conflict.
Hallie Lord, Author and Blogger, "Moxie Wife"
Can pastors preserve teaching while exorcising the stress?
Tim Muldoon, Author and Theologian
As we consider the new working document (Instrumentum Laboris) anticipating the synod, it's important to remember why marriage is considered sacramental.
Fr. Jorge Ortiz-Garay and Gabriela Flores Cárdenas, (Ortiz-Garay) Director, Mexican Apostolate in Brooklyn, NY; (Flores Cárdenas) Coordinator, Mexican Apostolate in Brooklyn, NY
Our work is simple but diligent in order to spread the word and invite couples to receive the Sacrament of Marriage.
Dr. Gregory Popcak, Executive Director, Pastoral Solutions Institute
There are very good reasons beyond Scripture and revelation why the family should be protected and promoted as the basic unit of civilization. It isn't just a social construct. It is the bio-psycho-social basis for civilization.
Kelley Cutler, Social Worker and Advocate for the Homeless
The first thing Jesus did, in seeking to save souls, was to acknowledge who was on the margins, and then reach out in love.
Russell Shaw, Author
Demonstrating what a break looks like can often heal a strain.
Margaret Rose Realy, Author and Speaker
The violence of dysfunctional families is experienced in as many ways as there are children caught in its grips.
Sr. Hyacinthe Defos du Rau,OP, Author, Dominican Sister
Adult catechesis must begin with a preliminary cultural detox of trending sentimentalism.
Gabriel Malor, Attorney and Author
Church teaching aligns with a scientific consensus that some individual members of the clergy and laity are disregarding.
Kathy Schiffer, Director of Publicity and Special Events for Ave Maria Radio
When Pope Francis brings together key religious leaders from around the world for the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, it will be only the third time in modern Church history that such an event has been held.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Author, Blogger, "Inebriate Me"
One of the big-ticket issues on the table for the upcoming Synod for the Family is the idea of allowing communion for divorced-remarried couples.
Jennifer Fitz, Author, Blogger, "Sticking the Corners"
Why does what ought to be a simple process—teaching people the Catholic faith—so easily go awry?
In 1980, Pope John Paul II convened the Fifth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discuss The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World.
Tim Muldoon, Author and Theologian
The new working document (Instrumentum Laboris) that anticipates the 2015 Vatican synod on the family is rich in the ideas of natural law.
Pat Gohn, Columnist, Writer and Speaker
The family is where prayer is taught and caught; it binds the family to the Church and the Church to the family.
Mary DeTurris Poust, Columnist, Journalist and Author
The trappings and externals of a wedding do not a marriage make.
Sesame Street Tells Lies that Hurt Kids (OR, Why “Any Group of People / Living Together And Loving Each Other” ISN’T “Doing the Family Thing”)
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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. In January, Pope Francis set people’s heads exploding when he baptized the baby of a couple who were married civilly, but [Read More...]
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The Patheos Catholic Channel is hosting a Symposium on the Family in light of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on the Family in October and the recent release of the working document for the Synod. The following is part of that ongoing series. In November 2013, I was asked by my bishop to provide a response to [Read More...]
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