Cardinal Burke confirms transfer: “As priests, we always have to be ready to accept whatever assignment we’re given”

In an unexpected interview with a surprising news outlet, BuzzFeed, Cardinal Raymond Burke discusses the synod and rumors that he is about to be transferred: In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him from the church’s chief guardian of [Read More...]

From the synod: African cardinal says pressure groups are trying to change Church teaching

From CNA:  Inaccurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the Extraordinary Synod on the Family’s midterm relatio was released are an attempt to pressure the Church to change its perennial teaching, a cardinal who is also a synod father has said. Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, emphasized to CNA Oct. [Read More...]

Cardinal Pell: Relatio was “skewed…it didn’t represent accurately the feelings of the synod fathers”

From CNS:  Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly’s views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report. “We wanted the Catholic people around the world to know actually what was going on in talking about marriage and the [Read More...]

“I am shocked”: Cardinal Kasper denies statements about African bishops—UPDATED

This story caused a storm yesterday, and now German media report the cardinal’s response (translation by a deacon friend): Cardinal emeritus Walter Kasper in a conversation with has strongly denied the alleged statements made about African Bishops. “I am shocked. I have never spoken like this about Africans, and I would never do so. Zenit has, [Read More...]

Cardinal Dolan: “The bishops of Africa are prophetic”

For those who missed it…New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke with CNS about the church in Africa this week. Whether intended this way or not, it makes for an interesting counterpoint to yesterday’s published remarks of Cardinal Kasper.   Let’s go to the videotape:  [Read more...]

From the synod: was something lost in translation?

Here’s an interesting take on the relatio, from Catholic News Agency:  An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial interpretations of the document itself.The document’s original version was written in Italian, which Pope Francis directed to be used as the official language of [Read More...]

Cardinal Kasper: “African Catholics shouldn’t tell us what we have to do” at the synod

Am I the only one who thinks it might be a good idea for Cardial Kasper to take a vow of silence for a few weeks? From First Things:  In a stunning new interview, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that African Catholics “should not tell us too much what we have to do” and admitted [Read More...]

“Those who love the barque of Peter ought to stay out of the engine room!”

That’s Fr. Robert Barron, quoting Cardinal Newman. Fr. Barron today brings to all the hand-wringing and garment-rending over the the synod a bracing blast of common sense. Take it away, Fr. Barron: One of the great mysteries enshrined in the ecclesiology of the Catholic Church is that Christ speaks through the rather messy and unpredictable [Read More...]

VIDEO: John Allen dissects what the synod document says about gays

Check it out here, from the PBS News Hour: [Read more...]

“An earthquake at the synod”

That’s how veteran Vatican reporter John Thavis described a document released this morning: In pastoral terms, the document published today by the Synod of Bishops represents an earthquake, the “big one” that hit after months of smaller tremors. The relatio post disceptationem read aloud in the synod hall, while defending fundamental doctrine, calls for the church to build [Read More...]