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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.

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Featured Panelists

On Divorce, Remarriage, and Communion

On Divorce, Remarriage, and Communion

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.

Euthanasia: A Further Erosion of Familial Understanding

Euthanasia: A Further Erosion of Familial Understanding

Ben Conroy, Columnist, The Irish Catholic

The Synod is a chance for the church to get ahead of a coming conflict.

Sex Advice: Lead Us Not Into Google

Sex Advice: Lead Us Not Into Google

Hallie Lord, Author and Blogger, "Moxie Wife"

Can pastors preserve teaching while exorcising the stress?

The Gospel of the Family, Part 1

The Gospel of the Family, Part 1

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.

Marriage in Guadalupe

Marriage in Guadalupe

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.

Why Is the Family So Important Anyway?

Why Is the Family So Important Anyway?

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.

Pastoral Care of the Queer Person: Questions for the Synod

Pastoral Care of the Queer Person: Questions for the Synod

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.

Preserving Unity in Marriage Justifies Strong Medicine

Preserving Unity in Marriage Justifies Strong Medicine

Russell Shaw, Author

Demonstrating what a break looks like can often heal a strain.

Shoring Up a Broken Faith

Shoring Up a Broken Faith

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.

Three Questions in the Name of Love

Three Questions in the Name of Love

Sr. Hyacinthe Defos du Rau,OP, Author, Dominican Sister

Adult catechesis must begin with a preliminary cultural detox of trending sentimentalism.

Born This Way? The Church of Faith and Science

Born This Way? The Church of Faith and Science

Gabriel Malor, Attorney and Author

Church teaching aligns with a scientific consensus that some individual members of the clergy and laity are disregarding.

Synod in the Modern Church: History and Hope

Synod in the Modern Church: History and Hope

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.

How I Changed My Mind on Communion for the Divorced and Remarried

How I Changed My Mind on Communion for the Divorced and Remarried

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.

Adult Catechesis on the Thorny Issues that Make People Hate the Church

Adult Catechesis on the Thorny Issues that Make People Hate the Church

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?

Who Writes Letters to Families: The Catholic Church, That's Who

Who Writes Letters to Families: The Catholic Church, That's Who

Tod Worner

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.

The Gospel of the Family, Part 2

The Gospel of the Family, Part 2

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.

Synod on the Family? Let us Pray, Please!

Synod on the Family? Let us Pray, Please!

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.

Calling it

Calling it "Catholic Divorce" Wholly Misunderstands the Healing

Mary DeTurris Poust, Columnist, Journalist and Author

The trappings and externals of a wedding do not a marriage make.

Commentary From Our Blogging Community

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”)

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”)

Dr. Greg

In the last decade, especially, in a well-intentioned effort to be inclusive, educators and broadcasters have been redefining what it means [Read More...]

Hindrance vs. Hope – Why Baptize if the Parents Are In Sin?

Hindrance vs. Hope – Why Baptize if the Parents Are In Sin?

Calah Alexander

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...]

Family: I am Sister Lily’s Granddaughter. Where I’m From, that Counts for a Lot.

Family: I am Sister Lily’s Granddaughter. Where I’m From, that Counts for a Lot.

Rebecca Hamilton

Where I’m From: Daddy worked here. I don’t remember if I told you this, but my grandmother was a Pentecostal Holiness Preacher. She had a radio show (this was back in the 1940s and early 50s) that covered several states. She was what they called a “church planter.” She went from place to place, starting [Read More...]

The Mission of Families in Reconciling “The Family”

The Mission of Families in Reconciling “The Family”

Elizabeth Duffy

Is it possible, or even desirable, to shelter our children while also acting as witnesses to a wounded culture?   I want to live in a world in which adults consider children and their innocence first, and strive to make their passage into adulthood as gentle as possible. In such a world, worship spaces, public [Read More...]

Mission Possible:  Rediscovering Catholic Family Identity

Mission Possible: Rediscovering Catholic Family Identity

Dr. Greg

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...]

Is the Catholic Family Different?   5 Marks of the Catholic Family–A Proposal.

Is the Catholic Family Different? 5 Marks of the Catholic Family–A Proposal.

Dr. Greg

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 the upcoming Extraordinary Synod on The Family, the Church will consider the mission of the Catholic family.  One of the [Read More...]

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