The Disconcerting Synod

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Some Catholics are unhappy with Pope Francis. Conservatives read his closing speech to the Synod on the Family with relief and gratitude, but after the events of the last two weeks they are diconcerted. disoriented and disturbed. Damian Thompson observed here that the final result may not have been the earthquake John Thavis spoke of [Read More...]

Beautiful Balance in the Pope’s Final Speech to the Synod

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Here are excerpts from the Pope’s final address to the synod with my observations in red. Read the whole speech here. And it has been “a journey” – and like every journey there were moments of running fast, as if wanting to conquer time and reach the goal as soon as possible; other moments of fatigue, [Read More...]

Wrangling in Rome – What Good is It?

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What good has come from all the bishops boxing–all the wrangling in Rome? Now that the Synod of Bishops has ended with a beautiful, but bland final message from the bishops, Damian Thompson reports on the week’s drama here at the Spectator. ‘Thanks be to God’, as we Catholic children used to say with heartfelt enthusiasm [Read More...]

Worried About the Synod? Here Are Ten Things to Remember

Worried about that Synod in Rome? Read This

  UPDATE: Here is John Allen’s summary of the day’s happenings at in Rome. He says the synod is turning out like a high drama soap opera…Go here. Whew! has there ever been such a furore amongst the faithful! We’ve got the clash of cardinals, a bash up among bishops and vitriol in the Vatican! The [Read More...]

Is Pope Francis Ditching the Conservatives?

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This article by English priest Fr Mark Drew observes the goings on in Rome with an expert eye an informed view and a balanced conclusion. Is Pope Francis purging the church of the “Ratzingerians”? Is a modernist, liberal putsch underway? Fr Drew writes, It does seem at first sight as if several of those closest [Read More...]

Is Proselytism Solemn Nonsense?

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Pope Francis has been criticized in some quarters because he has said, “Proselytism is solemn nonsense.” He has also told Evangelical Christians and an atheist interviewer that he “doesn’t want to convert them.” In a meeting last week in Caserto he explained to his priests that their job was not “proselytizing” and he quoted Pope [Read More...]


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