Where Duty Turns to Blessing

Elizabeth Duffy writes the best thing I’ve read in a long time — also the thing I most needed to hear, today and every day. My friend Karen noted that if the Synod does lead to a change in the Church’s approach to divorced and remarried Catholics, expediting the annulment process and their return to [Read More...]

#Synod14 — See How They Hate Each Other!

There has been lots of thoughtful commentary about the Relatio. Sadly, it’s mostly been drowned out by this: and this It seems to me that many on both sides have quickly forgotten the substance of the Relatio (not to mention its context) in favor of finding the best ways to dismiss the other — at [Read More...]

Suffer the Sinners: On Gradualism

Gradualism is the new hotness at the Synod, according to John L. Allen, Jr., who reports that gradualism, “which not so long ago seemed on the verge of being stricken from the official lexicon, is back with a vengeance.” Predictably, hysteria has ensued and the blogosphere has once again lost its ever-loving mind. From equating [Read More...]

#Synod14 — The Entmoot

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is in full swing this week, and in my imagination, this is what’s going down behind Vatican walls: The Patheosi have been busy little hobbits over the summer, writing all kinds of pieces in anticipation of the Synod. I stuck with the subjects I know something about, since narrative, [Read More...]

Pastoral Care Must Be Spiritual and Temporal

  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.  When Sienna was a few months old, the Ogre and I began the pre-Cana process with our beloved priest. Being [Read More...]

I Believe — Help Me Obey

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.  We went to Mass on Sunday at a parish outside of Ave Maria. It’s the kind of parish that was totally [Read More...]

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

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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