Synod In The Modern Church: History and Hope

Pope Francis with bishops

When Pope Francis brings together key religious leaders from around the world for the October 2014 Extraordinary Synod on the Family, it will be only the third time in modern Church history that such an event has been held.The two earlier Extraordinary Synods--in 1969 and 1985--afforded an opportunity for reflection and regeneration.  For example, the Synod Fathers in 1985 saw a need for a tool to explain the tenets of the Faith with accuracy and consistency.  What emerged was a plan for a n … [Read more...]

That Survey for the World-Wide Church: Not Exactly…


Well, it seems there’s been a little confusion over this whole “synod survey” thing.First, we heard that the Vatican was conducting a world-wide survey.  In an effort to move away from a “Vatican-centric” approach and to involve local church leaders in decision-making, news reports claimed, the Vatican has invited Catholics around the world to participate in a survey which addresses sensitive issues such as contraception, divorce and same sex marriage.Then, the phony surveys.  Several ver … [Read more...]