Priest berates unwed mother at baby’s baptism: “The baby was born due to sin”—UPDATED

Here’s something else to throw on the agenda for the upcoming Synod: children born outside of wedlock. I’d argue it’s not just the couples involved that need counseling; judging from this, so do some clergy. The working document on the Synod notes about teenage mothers: Above all, they are to be esteemed for the love [Read More...]

Synod: what about unmarried couples living together?

The working document on the upcoming Synod paints a stark picture: From every part of the world, the responses note an increasing number of couples who live together ad experimentum (“on an experimental basis”) in unions which have not been religiously or civilly recognized nor officially registered in any way. The terms “experiment” or “trial period” are [Read More...]

In the email: “How would a parish take on our family if my husband were a priest?”

A reader sent me the following e-mail, which is an important follow-up on this post regarding married priests:  I have a mentally ill son. He has been difficult to deal with since he was 3, and has been hospitalized twice since he was 15 (he’s 17 now). Our home life is very difficult because of [Read More...]

Synod: What about married priests?

As people take a closer look at the working paper for the upcoming Synod, one issue about marriage and family life that is notably absent is the question of married priests.  I knew a few people who were wondering if this topic would come up—or if the bishops might even decide to explore the unresolved [Read More...]

“Shocker” at synod: archbishop speaks out about women and discrimination

Catholic News Service has details from the remarks made Tuesday: New evangelization will never be possible without women who are proud and happy to belong to the Catholic Church, the president of the Belgian bishops’ conference told the Synod of Bishops. “Two-thirds of active members of the church are women,” and the primary evangelizers are [Read More...]

There goes that sexist, woman-hating Catholic Church again…

Bazinga!      Details, from CNS:  Choosing men and women from every part of the world and from a wide variety of professions, Pope Benedict XVI nominated 45 experts and 49 observers for the upcoming world Synod of Bishops. The Oct. 7-28 gathering will include the largest bloc of women — 10 experts and 19 [Read More...]


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