The pope will have the last word: Francis to write document following Synod

Details: The Vatican’s second most powerful figure said Wednesday that Pope Francis will pen a document following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops on the family, something that until now no Vatican official had confirmed. Speaking to the ANSA news agency, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said the pontiff will write an [Read More…]

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Cardinal Pell on Synod document: “People should read it, not what was spun to them”

View image | gettyimages.com From Aleteia:  The Synod on the Family may have concluded in the Vatican, but a “virtual synod” is now underway in the media. And one high-ranking cardinal is urging people not to believe the spin. On Sunday morning, prior to the noonday Angelus, Aleteia spoke with Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat [Read More…]

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Final Synod report urges “accompaniment”

  View image | gettyimages.com From CNS:  While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to recognize that not all Catholics in such a situation [Read More…]

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Sexism at the Synod?

Over at America’s blog “In All Things,” Fr. James Martin points out a significant oversight at the Synod: all the voting members are men, including one — Brother Herve Janson of the Little Brothers of Jesus—who is not ordained and is considered, technically, a layman. Why were there no laywomen? Read on:  Brother Janson said [Read More…]

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What defrock?!

This happens with some frequency, so it might be a good idea to look at a term that has become fairly common in the media: “Defrock.” Lately, a few places have used that word, or a variation of it, to describe what was done to that Polish monsignor who announced that he was gay and had [Read More…]

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Synod documents show insufficient support for changes in Communion

View image | gettyimages.com Details from The Wall Street Journal:   Newly released documents show Catholic bishops are unlikely to back Pope Francis’ drive to let church members who have divorced and remarried receive Communion, threatening to set back one of the pope’s signature initiatives. Position papers prepared during a high-profile meeting on family issues indicate conservative [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Cardinal Napier optimistic about Synod’s outcome

From NCR:  One of the 13 cardinals said to have signed a letter to Pope Francis sharply criticizing the ongoing Synod of Bishops has said he no longer has concerns about the gathering and is even optimistic about its outcome. South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier told reporters at a briefing Tuesday that Francis’ response to [Read More…]

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Pope Francis lays out vision of synodal Church, a “church of listening”

View image | gettyimages.com From  Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis on Saturday morning marked the 50th anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops as a permanent body. Gathered with the Fathers of the XIV Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops – who are currently meeting in Rome to discuss the vocation and mission of [Read More…]

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From the Synod: On birth control, lay auditor says, “This ‘paralyzed status quo’ cannot continue”

John Thavis reports:  The question of birth control, sometimes described as the “elephant in the room” at the Synod of Bishops on the Family, was the focus of a bluntly worded talk by a lay auditor at the Vatican assembly. The auditor, Sharron Cole from New Zealand, told the synod that the teaching of the [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Chicago’s Cupich on divorce, conscience, reconciliation

One archbishop’s take, via NCR: The Catholic church has to respect decisions divorced and remarried people make about their spiritual lives after they examine what their conscience is telling them to do, Chicago’s Archbishop Blase Cupich said during a press briefing. Cupich — one of nine Americans attending the ongoing Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops and one of [Read More…]

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