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

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...]

Hey Pope Francis, Thanks for the Synod!

Fresh news this morning that Pope Francis has called for Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in the Vatican from 5 to 19 October 2014, on the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization”. Rome Reports has an overview: Video Link Since it’s an ‘extraordinary [Read More...]

New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today by Cardinal Wuerl – A Must Read This Week!

As we head into the Conclave, I’d like to add a “must read” to your wish list: New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Relator of the Synod of the Bishops on the New Evangelization. Here’s the blueprint: This is a new moment in the life of the Church, [Read More...]

Are the Synod & Year of Faith Just Inside Baseball?


Today, I read with great excitement Bishop Gerald F. Kincanis’ amazing blog post for Catholic News Service detailing the 57 propositions being put forward for consideration by the Synod Fathers. I have a few favorites among his summarizations, including: The role of social communication is important in handing on the faith. The primary mode of [Read More...]

Are We Too Busy to Be Catechized?

In my head, I keep going back to a small portion of the blog post from Bishop Kicanis that I shared with you yesterday: A challenge for the synod fathers is to understand how we might better catechize the people, deepen their knowledge of the faith and their understanding of what it means to be [Read More...]

Faces of the New Evangelization

Catholic Formation and Leadership Conference Speakers with Bishop Oscar Cantú, S.T.D.

During the Synod on the New Evangelization, I’ve been greatly enjoying the frequent newsy blog posts from Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas. His “Inside the Synod” reports give us a true look into the important work being undertaken at the outset of the Year of Faith. Yesterday’s missive was no exception. One particular section hit [Read More...]

The YouTube Video They Should Have Shown at the Synod

My feeds are awash this morning with reports of the anti-Muslim video shown on Saturday evening at the Synod on the New Evangelization. Find the details at the Vatican’s own news site, which calls the video “fear-mongering” stating, “Scary music, stark white words on a black background and the warning that dropping fertility rates in [Read More...]