Cardinal predicts Synod will allow bishops to make cultural adaptations to church teaching

From CNS:  One of the leading voices among Africa’s bishops predicts a new flexibility in Catholic teaching at this October’s Synod of Bishops on the family, which he predicts will allow bishops in different parts of the world to adapt church teaching on the family to the region’s culture, political landscape and economic situation. “The [Read More…]

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Italian priest offering couples a “baby bonus”

View image | gettyimages.com From The Telegraph: A town in Tuscany is offering a “baby bonus” of €2,000 (£1,420) to encourage larger families, as Italy frets over its low birth rate. But there are conditions – couples must be Italian and committed Catholics who were married in church, and the bonus only kicks in with [Read More…]

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A cardinal who is a child of divorce sheds light on the Synod

Here’s a fascinating conversation with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna and the president of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference. Cardinal Schönborn is perhaps best known as the editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He is also a member of the Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops and will [Read More…]

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Dressing for Mass: “So much of what we wear communicates our identity”

A terrific and timely new video by Eric Coughlin about how we should dress for Mass, featuring (among others) the great Brandon Vogt and his family. Read Brandon’s take on all this, too: How you dress matters. There are at least two reasons why. First, because of what it says to others. Dressing nicely communicates [Read More…]

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Pope repeats the “three words” for happy family life

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis at his Wednesday General Audience continued his catechesis on the family, focusing on family life. “Today’s catechesis is like the gateway to a series of reflections on the life of the family, its real life, with its different times and events.” On this gateway, he said, “are written three words, [Read More…]

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Beautiful: how a mother returned to the Church when her son became a priest

This belongs in the Writing Straight With Crooked Lines file…the story of a mother, Kristin Gilger, who left the Catholic Church, and how God drew her back through her son. A Jesuit reader sent this to me this morning, and it’s just great:  When my son, Patrick, first told us he was considering becoming a [Read More…]

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Our world: TV series follows teen as his dad becomes a woman

Not so very long ago, this sort of thing would have been unthinkable on mainstream American TV. But here we are:  Ben and his father are the subject of the new ABC Family docuseries Becoming Us. From Ryan Seacrest Productions, Becoming Us centers on Ben, who watches as his dad Charlie divorces his mom and begins the gender transition [Read More…]

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Great moments in parenting: baby bottles that look like beer bottles

From The Los Angeles Times: Babies don’t drink beer, and for good reason. But if you’d like for all the parents in your Mommy & Me class to give you dirty looks — and question your sanity — you can now at least give the illusion of handing your child a baby beer bottle. Perpetual [Read More…]

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Vatican announces bishops, alternates for upcoming Synod

The full list is here.    The Holy Father Francis, for the XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in the Vatican from 4 to October 25, 2015 on the theme The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world , has ratified the election by [Read More…]

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Judge orders father to take his children to church

View image | gettyimages.com From the U.K.’s The Telegraph:  A judge has ordered a father to take his children to Roman Catholic mass as part of a divorce settlement, even though he is not Catholic. The man, who can only be identified as “Steve” because of reporting restrictions on the case, faces possible contempt of court [Read More…]

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