How should the Church care for same-sex attracted people?

Vatican City, Oct 7, 2014 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In what ways can the Church provide pastoral care for men and women of same-sex attraction that is compassionate and affirming in the faith – all the while remaining true to its teachings? At the opening of the Synod on the Family, participants were reminded that the Church's pastoral approach towards persons with same-sex attraction is an issue worthy of attention. Over the next two weeks, the Extraordinary Synod on the … [Read more...]

Don’t expect ‘sound bite solutions’ from synod, US cardinal says

Rome, Italy, Oct 7, 2014 / 03:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be expected on the application of the Church’s pastoral practice, predicted Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington. “I think one of the things that’s a challenge is that this synod is not going to be offering sound bite solutions. It can’t,” Cardinal Wuerl told CNA Oct. 4. “We live in a world that … [Read more...]

Confront secularism with ‘way of beauty,’ Bishop Conley urges

Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct 7, 2014 / 12:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Evangelization will be carried out by bringing beauty to Catholic culture and liturgy, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln told a group of scholars and pastors gathered for an interdisciplinary conference. “The work you’re doing is essential to the formation of Christian culture. The Church needs you … the work of evangelization is too important,” he said Oct. 2 at the 2014 conference of The Society for … [Read more...]

Church in Burma explores challenges of openness to modernity

Yangon, Burma, Oct 6, 2014 / 06:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of Burma held communications and media workshops last week to help form the laity of the country to meet the rapidly changing realities in the southeast Asian country. “The Burmese bishops have acknowledged the pertinent need for a high-level competency in handling the issues and complexities of communication in a media-mediated world,” Fr. Leo Neng Mang, SDB, head of the Burmese bishops' communications … [Read more...]

Family needed today as much as ever, synod official emphasizes

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 05:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The family is not an outdated model, and Catholics should defend it from the sins that call into question and often destroy the traditional family, the general rapporteur of the Synod of Bishops said Monday. Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest presented the 14-page “relatio ante disceptationem” at an Oct. 6 press conference. The relatio took into consideration the responses given a preliminary questionnaire which was … [Read more...]

‘Decisive’ role of marriage in focus as Court declines cases

Washington D.C., Oct 6, 2014 / 03:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Supreme Court’s decision not to review defense of marriage appeals by five states has been met with disappointment, along with a renewed emphasis on highlighting the meaning and purpose of marriage. Two leading U.S. bishops on marriage issues referred to the decision as “extremely disappointing and surprising.” “Marriage is and can only be between a man and a woman – a unique relationship in which … [Read more...]

Benedict could attend Paul VI beatification, spokesman reveals

Vatican City, Oct 6, 2014 / 02:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Retired pontiff Benedict XVI may take part to Paul VI's beatification Mass Oct. 19, revealed Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office.   Asked if the former Pope was expected to give his personal contribution to the two-week synod of bishops, Fr. Lombardi said during a press conference that “it is not expected that the Pope emeritus will take part in the synod, which is so committing and … [Read more...]