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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 the [...]

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

April 8, Holy See press conference presenting Pope Francis' Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", on love in the family (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, [...]

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; the [...]

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,” issued [...]

Progs to Faithful Catholics: Get Lost

While the traditional family is beset by storms, civil society is encouraging and celebrating new forms of unions   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 [...]

The Family and the New Totalitarianism

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 they [...]

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 is [...]

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 an [...]

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