Women and Children: Pastoral and Material Assistance to Mothers, Single and Married

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Look at the blog post title above and you’ll see a weighty topic broached. Perhaps indeed too weighty for this blogger’s limited theological and sociological capacities. But when my editor Elizabeth Scalia invited all of the members of the Patheos Catholic Channel to be a part of a special Symposium to anticipate the¬†Extraordinary Bishop’s Synod [Read More...]

Instrumentum Laboris: What We Need to Know

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It’s likely that we’ll begin hearing soon from the mainstream media on today’s release of¬†Instrumentum Laboris¬†(working document) for the 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (to be held October 5-19). Since this document deals with survey results on several culturally significant marriage and family topics, we may get a fair amount of [Read More...]

Consistory for the Family: Facing the Realities of “Family”

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Coming from the Vatican today, we have an overview of the opening moments of this week’s extraordinary consistory for the family. The day began with an opening address from Pope Francis: Dear brothers, I extend a warm greeting to you all and, with you, I thank the Lord who has given us these days of [Read More...]

Rome: The Capital of the Family — What Will it Take?

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New out this morning is a report on the upcoming Synod on the Family and other family related information from Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family: This morning in the Holy See Press Office Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, presented the twelfth plenary assembly [Read More...]


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