Synod Laity Suggest Families Need More Room to Love

On social media and in email, people are expressing concerns about some of what they are hearing (or not hearing), coming out of the still-young synod.I am, so far, much more alarmed by the expectational excesses that are being created in the secular press, and in a few Catholic media venues as well, by people who should know better, but can't resist an impulse to politicize and to pretend that by the end of this thing, the doctrines will have been turned on their heads and the church will … [Read more...]

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Collegiality or Papal Unilateralism? Be Consistent Reformers!

From Crux, we learn that Reformers are telling Pope Francis not to wait for the bishops, but to just let 'er rip and "fix" the church, according to their notions, which they assume he shares: In the run-up to the Synod, the group is sending a letter to Pope Francis requesting a review of the arrangements for the summit.One recurrent theme in the meeting was a surprising note for many Catholic liberals, who over the years have called for tighter limits on papal authority. Now, however, they … [Read more...]

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Round-Up Part II: The last of the Synod Symposium

Our Summer Symposium highlighting the issues we anticipate being addressed during October's Extraordinary Synod on the Family ended several weeks ago, but my ongoing pneumo-drama, and the serious circumstances in Iraq and Syria proved distracting, and I have not been able to tidy up the loose ends by rounding up those pieces that had published after my first round-up of links and issues.On the topics of Divorce, Annulment Reform and the interesting "Orthodox Option" some have been … [Read more...]

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Outwitting the Language Assassins (SYNOD)

Greetings to one and to all! Guest blogger Ben Conroy here. First of all, a go raibh míle maith agat to the magnificent Anchoress that is as heartfelt as it may be cheesy. It’s an overwhelming honour to be posting here, and I will do my very best to live up to the ludicrously generous introduction Elizabeth has given me.As the Patheos Catholic Channel's Synodal Summer Symposium draws to a close, I keep thinking of the passage from Mary Eberstadt’s How The West Really Lost God that the Sym … [Read more...]

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Marriage! Annulment! Sex! Sacraments! Symposium Roundup Part I UPDATED

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Our Summer Symposium on the Synod is off to a great start (and there will be more to come, through next Wednesday!) and there are enough interesting topics and great pieces to keep you going, even if your holiday weekend is rained out! What you can't find on the symposium landing page you should be able to find on the channel page, and quite a few pieces are embedded within the text of this post, but let me help you out by category, too! Getting Familiar: What is a Synod? What is it … [Read more...]

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A Symposium on the October Synod for the Family!

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There is nothing like a Symposium in Summer, or at least that's the way Patheos sees it, and when we've undertaken them, they've been ambitious, thoughtful and fun.This year, scaling back a little and trying something different, Patheos has devised a Summer Symposium utilizing the Public Square section of the site, and leaving each channel manager to choose a topic. Given the enormous (and it must be said, often unrealistic) expectations being placed upon October's Extraordinary Bishop's … [Read more...]

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Before October’s Synod on the Family, Read this Book!

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When the Patheos Book Club told me they were going to be featuring the paperback release of Mary Eberstadt's How the West Really Lost God, I wondered what else I could possibly say to recommend the book? I had brought it up -- not once, but twice -- at First Things, and referenced it here on the blog a number of times -- always with the recommendation that people read it for themselves because How the West Really Lost God gives us a fresh, and very wise, perspective on how we as a society (and … [Read more...]

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Divorce-Remarriage: Francis May Walk Us Thru Door B16 Cracked Open – UPDATED

Pretty recently I wondered whether ideas to reform our annulment process would be seen by people as "amnesty" or necessary mercy:An attempt to streamline the annulment process is not an idea that will please everyone. Those who. . .have jumped through the hoops and endured the long and difficult bureaucratic processes may justifiably wonder about fairness. They may feel like the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son, and they will need to be reminded–with great love–that “ev … [Read more...]

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Annulment Reform: “Amnesty” or Necessary Mercy? UPDATED

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During the Great Big Illegal Immigration Brouhaha of 2006—a drama of conservative hyperventilation and La Raza flag-waving parades that has since been repeated each May preceding a mid-term election—about two thousand of my blog readers left, never to return. They left because I had argued for the reform of a bogged-down and inefficient National Immigration Service, and the creation of a reasonable path to citizenship for peaceful people who had often been living in America for yea … [Read more...]

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So, Science Supports Complementarity? Why…YES!

As the guy in the Emerald City would say, "Well, bust my buttons!"A new brain connectivity study from Penn Medicine published today in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences found striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women that's lending credence to some commonly-held beliefs about their behavior.In one of the largest studies looking at the "connectomes" of the sexes, Ragini Verma, PhD, an associate professor in the department of Radiology at the Perelman School … [Read more...]

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