The family is good news for the world


· ​Pope Francis’ letter in preparation for the World Meeting of Families · “The family continue[s] to be good news for today’s world”, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, in preparation for the ninth World Meeting of Families which will […]

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Conferences won’t achieve peace if the heart is at war


Resuming the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta after the summer break, Pope Francis, in his homily, spoke about the importance of working for peace in small, daily actions – because, he said, it is in small daily gestures that peace on a global scale is born. It is not so much great international […]

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Pope Francis vs. 2000 Years of Tradition?


Fr. Harrison: “May we believe Francis alone is right, and all his predecessors wrong?” A proper understanding, appreciation and evaluation of Amoris Laetitia will require considerable time, study and prayerful reflection. But it is already quite clear from certain key passages that, with carefully crafted language, plausible arguments and persuasive rhetoric, the Holy Father is […]

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How to Interpret Amoris Laetitia


A moral theologian sets forth a closely reasoned guide to the development of moral doctrine In the exhortation Amoris Lætitia, the most controversial question is the one concerning Communion for the divorced and remarried, which however is never expressly mentioned. It must be noted that above all, in the eighth chapter the language is at […]

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The Pope’s Hymn to Marriage

In his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis praises the beauty of marriage and family life. In an age where marriage is in decline, the document is a reminder of how wonderful marriage can be “Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. But […]

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The Tenderness of a Papal Document: “The Joy of Love”

8/04/2016 Vatican City. Press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia", on love in the family, in the Holy See Press Office. Bishop Fabio Fabene, Under-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Christoph Schonborn O.P., Archbishop of Vienna; Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office, and the spouses Prof. Francesco Miano, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, and Prof. Giuseppina De Simone in Miano, Professor of Philosophy at the Theological Faculty of Southern Italy of Naples. Photo Grzegorz Galazka.

Francis has given us a poetic, eloquent, moving hymn to love in Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), issued April 8. This text is really for families: one part of this letter, the marvelous Chapter 4 on the true nature of love, should be printed out and read at the family dinner table — one […]

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Angelus on the Feast of the Holy Family


Dear brothers and sisters, good morning! How well these young people sing! How talented! [commenting on the young people singing Christmas songs in the Square] In the climate of joy that it is Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family this Sunday. I think back to the great meeting in Philadelphia, last September; […]

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A “Back Door” to a “Neo-Mosaic Practice” in the Final Report?


The following are excerpts from the above-titled article by Bishop Schneider. The article first appeared on the website Rorate Caeli The XIV General Assembly of the Synod of the Bishops (October 4 – 25, 2015), which was dedicated to the theme of “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World,” […]

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Progs to Faithful Catholics: Get Lost

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  The bishops call the crisis of the family a “challenge” — but it’s a life-or-death emergency I’ve read, in the original, the final relatio of the synod of bishops, on the Church’s mission to the family. Let me say at the outset all the good that can be said about it. It teaches no […]

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The Family and the New Totalitarianism

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Reflections on the Synod After the conclusion of the October Bishops’ Synod on the Family (October 4-25), reactions to the events and controversies associated with it and its final, 94-paragraph document, the relatio, largely fell, not unpredictably, along “conservative” and “progressive” lines. But in both camps there was considerable uncertainty. Many “progressives” seemed to feel […]

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Letter #49, 2015: The Pope’s Final Discourse

October 24, 2015, Saturday — The Pope’s Final Discourse Today At eh end of the Synod, Pope Francis gave a final discourse in the presence of 265 bishops attending the final session, which ended just a few minutes ago. The press conference to sum up the final document and the 94 propositions that were approved […]

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Letter #47, 2015: From Russia to Rome

October 23, 2015, Friday — From Russia to Rome “The word mother can be traced back cleanly to Proto-Indo-European, as can father, brother and sister — it appears in cognate form in languages like Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, and so forth, and it may go back further.” —Discussion of the origin of the word “mother” on […]

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Reflections on the Family: The Universal Family: “The merciful protection of God in the dealings of man and woman never fails”


Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! This is our final reflection on the subject of marriage and the family. We are on the eve of beautiful and demanding events, which are directly connected with this great subject: the World Meeting of Families at Philadelphia and the Synod of Bishops here in Rome. Both have a […]

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Reflections on the Family: The bonds of Community: “The family and the parish are the two places in which that communion of love is realized”


Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to focus our attention on the bond between the family and the Christian community. It is, so to speak, a “natural” bond, because the Church is a spiritual family and the family is a small Church (cf. Lumen gentium, 9). The Christian community is the […]

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Analyzing Kasper’s vision

The hall that will host the Synod of Bishops on the Family, October 5-19. In the small photo, 
German Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose reflections have sparked controversy.

A special “Dossier” of reflections on some of the issues facing the Synod. The key point: we must support the family in every possible way. Cardinal Walter Kasper’s address to the College of Cardinals last February was intended to provide “a theological basis for the subsequent discussion among the cardinals” then meeting in Consistory in […]

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Address of Pope Francis, Meeting with the Young People of Umbria

Pope Francis with the young people of Umbria.

“Do Not Fear to Take Permanent Steps” Square in front of the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, Assisi — Friday, October 4, 2013 Nicola and Chiara Volpi (Perugia-Città della Pieve): “We young people live in a society where feeling good, having fun and thinking of oneself is central. Living married life as young […]

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Interview: Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, on the Upcoming Synod on the Family

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri.

The family and its position in changing times such as ours will be at the center of the upcoming Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, to be held in the Vatican from October 5 through 19, at the specific and strongly-felt request of Pope Francis. Approximately 180 people will attend, mostly representatives of Bishops’ Conferences from around […]

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Synod on the Family: A Battle Looms

In St. Peter’s Square on October 26, 2013, Pope Francis met representatives of families from around the world who had gathered to celebrate the closing the “Year of Faith”.

The thing that is most striking when one reads the Instrumentum Laboris, the working document that will be used at the upcoming bishops’ Synod on the Family in October, is not a specific detail, aspect, or problem (for example the administration of the sacraments to remarried divorcees or the attitude one should take towards same-sex unions). […]

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“We are called to acknowledge how beautiful, true and good it is to start a family, to be a family today”


Pope Francis’ Address to the Extraordinary Consistory of the College of Cardinals Vatican City, February 20, 2014 Dear brothers, I extend a warm greeting to you all and, with you, I thank the Lord who has given us these days of meeting and working together. We welcome especially our brothers who will be created Cardinals […]

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Analysis of a Religious Decline

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Readers who enjoy discussions of the “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” variety will love this book. Starting with the all-but-universal assumption that today’s lower birthrates throughout the West are a consequence of the decline in religious belief and practice, Eberstadt provides abundant evidence that this reverses the actual causality. “Smaller families mean […]

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