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…]

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“I am shocked”: Cardinal Kasper denies statements about African bishops—UPDATED

This story caused a storm yesterday, and now German media report the cardinal’s response (translation by a deacon friend): Cardinal emeritus Walter Kasper in a conversation with Kath.net has strongly denied the alleged statements made about African Bishops. “I am shocked. I have never spoken like this about Africans, and I would never do so. Zenit has, [Read More…]

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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…]

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Cardinal Dolan: “The bishops of Africa are prophetic”

For those who missed it…New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke with CNS about the church in Africa this week. Whether intended this way or not, it makes for an interesting counterpoint to yesterday’s published remarks of Cardinal Kasper.   Let’s go to the videotape:  [Read more…]

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Cardinal Kasper: “African Catholics shouldn’t tell us what we have to do” at the synod

Am I the only one who thinks it might be a good idea for Cardial Kasper to take a vow of silence for a few weeks? From First Things:  In a stunning new interview, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that African Catholics “should not tell us too much what we have to do” and admitted [Read More…]

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The “gradual” homecoming of Sister Theresa, an atheist who became a nun

We’ve been hearing a lot the last couple days about the theological concept of “gradualism.”  Critics have been dismissive, even scornful.  But the newest blogger at Patheos happens to be a product of “gradualism”: Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble (is that a great name, or what?).  Her story is gripping, and not quite what anyone would expect. [Read More…]

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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…]

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Pope Francis: “Be open to God’s surprises” and the signs of the times

In what may be an especially timely commentary, given events of the last few hours, Pope Francis offered this reflection at this morning’s Mass: Be open to God’s surprises, not closed to the signs of the times and remember holy law is not an end in itself. This was Pope Francis’ message this morning at [Read More…]

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“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…]

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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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