Just Released: Vatican’s “Lineamenta” for the Synod Includes Questions on Pastoral Care for Divorced, Homosexuals


The Vatican is gearing up for the 2015 General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, by releasing a 26-page Lineamenta for discussion by national bishops' conferences around the world.A Lineamenta is a text written in preparation for a Synod, and is intended to encourage bishops to invite the participation of all in the Church, so that they can enter into discussion and take a pastoral inventory.According to the Catholic Herald, the preparatory document includes 46 questions.  The Herald c … [Read more...]

CDF Official Reaffirms Church Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage

Archbishop Ferrer

A Spanish archbishop who serves on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has reconfirmed Church teaching with regard to communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.Archbishop Ladaria Ferrer, a Spanish Jesuit who currently serves as Secretary of the Congregation of the Faith, was responding to a question from a French priest who wanted to know whether he could give absolution to a penitent who, having been married in a Catholic ceremony, contracted a second marriage after divorce. … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke: “Cardinal Kasper’s Synod Proposal Involves Disobedience to the Words of Our Lord Himself”

Cardinal Raymond Burke

The impending conflict among participants at this week's Synod is evident:Cardinal Kasper urges a reconsideration of communion for divorced and remarried Catholics. Cardinal Burke says no, that could never be.And the people in the pews line up behind one voice or the other--waiting, wondering, now in the countdown to the Synod on the Family which begins Sunday, October 5, in Rome.Disagreement is nothing new to the Church, said Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme C … [Read more...]