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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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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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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From the Synod: “We do not support a process of admitting the divorced and remarried to the Eucharist”

That comment comes from a Polish archbishop who briefed reporters Thursday. Details:  Archbishop Gadecki, President of the Polish Episcopal Conference, and Archbishop Carlos Aquiar Retes of Mexico, were guests at the briefing. Holy See Press spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, told the media that there had been about 93 interventions on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday [Read More…]

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From the Synod: “Is there someone out here who knows how a perfect marriage takes place?”

View image | gettyimages.com Some interesting commentary last week, from an Indian couple discussing their interfaith marriage, via Vatican Radio:  The 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, currently taking place in the Vatican Oct. 4-25, heard from  of an Indian couple on Saturday how inter-faith marriage can be lived. [Read More…]

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Lombardi on the “Letter from 13 cardinals”

Vatican Information Service (VIS) reports: The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., has given the following clarification regarding the publication yesterday of a “Letter to the Pope from thirteen cardinals”: As we are aware, at least four of the Synod Fathers who were included in the list of signatories have denied [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Observers say media coverage “doesn’t reflect what we see in there”

From today’s press briefing, via CNS:  Two couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the [Read More…]

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From the Synod: Ordaining women deacons raises concerns that “need to be studied”

From the daily press briefing, via Vatican Radio:  On Thursday Oct. 8 Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckley of Accra, Ghana, said that the world needs to be patient with Africa when it comes to dealing with issues like homosexuality. “Give countries time to deal with issues from our own cultural perspectives,” he said. He added that the [Read More…]

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Pope’s opening remarks to Synod: “With faith in God, fidelity to the Magesterium, the good of the Church…”

From Monday morning:  Let us remember, that the Synod will be a space for the action of the Holy Spirit only if we participants vest ourselves with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting prayer: with that apostolic courage, which refuses to be intimidated in the face of the temptations of the world – temptations that [Read More…]

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Vatican fires gay priest ahead of Synod—UPDATED

Fron AP:  The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families. Monsignor Kryzstof Charamsa was a mid-level official in the Vatican’s doctrine office. In newspaper interviews published in Italy [Read More…]

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