LGBT activist group hopes to influence family synod

Rome, Italy, Oct 15, 2014 / 12:48 am (CNA).- The start of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family has triggered a wave of activism from well-funded LGBT activist groups in the U.S. who are targeting “outspoken” Catholic bishops in hopes of changing Catholic practice and moral doctrine. “Most important is the opportunity to create a precedent for change,” the Human Rights Campaign said in its pamphlet on the synod. The LGBT group has announced an activist effort … [Read more...]

Priests in favor of ‘gay marriage’ spark controversy in Chile

Santiago, Chile, Oct 14, 2014 / 10:48 pm (CNA).- The secular press in Chile is defending three priests who have come out in support of ‘gay marriage’ and is accusing Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago of denouncing the priests to the Vatican. The Archdiocese of Santiago issued a statement on Oct.13 denying that the Chilean cardinal had denounced Fathers Felipe Berrios, Mariano Puga and Jose Alduate. Likewise, a Vatican source confirmed to CNA that Cardinal Ezzati has not in fact … [Read more...]

Violence subsides in Central African capital, but what next?

Bangui, Central African Republic, Oct 14, 2014 / 06:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence has subsided in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui after a week of conflict, but the lack of security and an ineffective justice system are enduring problems, a relief worker in the country has said. “A tense calm prevails over Bangui, as it has for many months, interspersed with violent spells,” Leann Hager, Catholic Relief Services’ country representative in the Central … [Read more...]

Controversy prompts Vatican to clarify synod midterm

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2014 / 03:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a media frenzy and lively internal debate were both raised by the publication of the midterm relatio of the Synod of Bishops, its secretariat issued a statement clarifying its merely provisional nature. “The General Secretariat of the Synod … reiterates that it is a working document, which summarizes the interventions and debate of the first week,” said an Oct. 14 declaration of the Holy See press office on … [Read more...]

Polish bishops join voices of concern over synod midterm

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2014 / 01:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Polish bishops' conference voiced concerns Monday over the interim report released by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. The relatio post disceptationem, or “report after debate,” caused controversy and confusion yesterday after its release. Particularly under scrutiny have been passages about cohabitation before marriage and persons with same-sex attraction, as well as unclear language in the … [Read more...]

For synod auditors, God’s plan for marriage best taught by living it out

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The American married couple who addressed the Synod of Bishops said daily life is where they first saw God’s plan for families revealed and that they hope to equip parents to be primary educators of the faith. “That is really something we have to get back to, whether parents are together and married or they are single parents, it doesn’t matter. We have to give them the confidence they need to really proclaim the gospel … [Read more...]

Why isn’t Saint Joseph patron of families yet? synod father asks

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2014 / 11:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The archbishop of El Salvador's capital city, who is in Rome for the Oct. 5-19 Synod on the Family, has proposed that St. Joseph be officially named patron saint of the family. “May God grant us this grace, as he is a model spouse, father, and teacher of young people,” Archbishop Jose Escobar Alas of San Salvador told Vatican Radio in a recent interview. “But we should also see him now as a defender of the rights … [Read more...]