Here’s why Church teaching on ‘gay marriage’ did not change today

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2014 / 04:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic blogosphere exploded Monday after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops released a document summarizing last week’s discussion. But while the relatio post disceptationem, which means “Report After Debate,” has been fodder for sensational headlines claiming a major shift in doctrine, the report is only a beginning, working document of the Church. The relatio, as it’s called, simply takes the topics and … [Read more...]

Don’t rush to judge Columbus, anthropologist encourages

Providence, R.I., Oct 13, 2014 / 04:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The controversies surrounding Christopher Columbus are sometimes misplaced and should not overshadow Columbus’ Christian motives in his voyages,  a scholar of religious studies and anthropology has said. “In recent times, Christopher Columbus has become the symbol for everything that went wrong in the New World, so much so that it has become difficult to celebrate the holiday commemorating his discovery of the New … [Read more...]

Synod interim report: the Church must renew commitment to family

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2014 / 12:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The approach to irregular unions must start from positive aspects, and stable couples should be accompanied in a development toward the sacrament of marriage, the Synod of Bishops said in a midterm report issued Monday. “We have gathered together the results of our reflections and our dialogues in the following three parts,” reads the Oct. 13 “relatio post disceptationem,” the interim document which the synod … [Read more...]

God is a God of surprises, Pope Francis preaches

Vatican City, Oct 13, 2014 / 10:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking of the “God of surprises” in his homily at Mass on Monday, the Holy Father noted the unfortunate inability of the doctors of the law who encountered Christ to receive his message. “Because these doctors of the law did not understand the signs of the times they asked for an extraordinary sign ((which) Jesus later gave them),” Pope Francis said Oct. 13 during his Mass said at the St. Martha guesthouse … [Read more...]

To Archbishop Kurtz, synod a confidence boost for married couples

Rome, Italy, Oct 12, 2014 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Synod on the Family is an opportunity to assure married couples they can succeed at marriage despite the many challenges facing them, according to Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. “I think the primary challenge is this need to restore confidence that somehow this couple, this family can have a fruitful and a successful marriage,” the archbishop said. Married couples need the confidence that “they are not just a … [Read more...]

Pope Francis charges Christians – lose comfort, go to peripheries

Vatican City, Oct 12, 2014 / 12:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis said that God does not discriminate about who is invited to his banquet, and called on Christians to abandon their comforts and go toward the marginalized. “We are all called not to reduce the Kingdom of God to the confines of our ‘little churches,’ but to dilate the Church to the dimensions of the Kingdom of God,” the pontiff said before his Oct. 12 recitation of the … [Read more...]

IUDs for teens? Endangering, not empowering, docs say

Washington D.C., Oct 12, 2014 / 06:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Medical professionals blasted the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent recommendation that long term contraceptives are the best way for teen girls to avoid pregnancy, saying that it sends an unhealthy message.   “It’s not an empowering message to the young woman. It’s a message that’s indicating to her that, ‘We know you cannot protect yourself by having good lifestyle choices,’” … [Read more...]