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...]

Extending an invitation: Synod prompts revamp in Church language

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2014 / 10:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The need to develop a new way of communicating Church teaching in contemporary society emerged in synod discussions last week, with specific emphasis given to expressions regarding life and moral issues. “The question of language has been a biggie,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told journalists at an Oct. 8 event in Rome. “It’s a question of the consistency of the Church’s truth, the immutability of … [Read more...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel laid to rest

Newark, N.J., Oct 14, 2014 / 09:55 am (CNA).- Family and friends of the gray-habited friar Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel bid farewell to him Oct. 12 as he was laid to rest in the crypt of the Most Blessed Sacrament Friary after his funeral Mass at the Basilica Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark. The priest, who was an author, former EWTN host, and one of the founders of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 3, at the age of 81. Fr. Groeschel … [Read more...]

Is your faith wearing cosmetics? Take them off, Pope Francis says

Vatican City, Oct 14, 2014 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily mass on Tuesday Pope Francis warned about the hypocrisy of those who do good in order to be seen, saying that true faith is practiced through acts of charity that go beyond outward rituals. “Jesus condemns this cosmetic spirituality, (which attempts to) look good, beautiful – but the truth inside is something else,” the Pope said to those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse for his Oct. … [Read more...]

Women without wombs: New technology offers progress, warning

Washington D.C., Oct 14, 2014 / 04:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The first successful birth to a woman who had undergone a womb transplant highlights both opportunities resulting from new technology and the need for caution, said a Catholic bioethics expert. “The womb can be recognized as an organ that serves a particular function,” explained Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He told CNA on Oct. 10 that the … [Read more...]