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...]

The final message from the synod

Or, at least, from this first two-week session. The second half kicks off next year. Meantime, the bishops are also preparing a more detailed final report, which will be published (or not) at the discretion of the pope. From the Vatican Information Service, the full text: We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis [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...]

Fights! Misunderstandings! Gossip! Welcome to Vatican II

A lot of people have sought to make comparisons between the current synod and Vatican II. (We’ll put aside, for a moment, the simple fact that a synod and a council are two very different creatures.) But a student of the Second Vatican Council, Deacon Bill Ditewig, has an interesting glimpse into some of the melodrama that [Read More...]

From the synod: revisions, corrections and additions

From the Catholic World Report:  Two minutes into the press briefing at the Vatican press office today, Fr. Lombardi announced that Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said he did not state that the Relatio was “shameful” as has been reported widely. He said the newspaper report was in error, because he [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...]

Holy See press office issues clarification on the synod relatio : “It is a working document”

This just in: The General Secretariat of the Synod, in response to reactions and discussions following the publication of the Relatio post disceptationem, and the fact that often a value has been attributed to the document that does not correspond to its nature, reiterates that it is a working document, which summarizes the interventions and debate [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...]

The synod at half-time: “The climate of freedom…is producing positive results”

A little analysis in the pages of America, from Gerard O’Connell: Participants who have attended previous synods confirm that the climate of freedom and the method that is operative here is significantly different to that of past synods, and they confirm this is producing positive results. Every participant that I have spoken to in private, [Read More...]


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