Synod on the Family

“We Must Respectfully Request an Authoritative Interpretation”

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. From left, 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, [...]

Letter #25, 2016: "The Joy of Love"

April 8, 2016, Friday -- The Tenderness of a Papal Document Pope Francis has written a "love letter" to the world... Dear friends, I just came back from the 2-hour Vatican press conference presenting Pope Francis' new Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, entitled Amoris Laetitia (that is the Latin title of the text, meaning literally, "Of [...]

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, [...]

In Defense of What Has Been Believed “Always, Everywhere, By All”

An interview of Bishop Athanasius Schneider about the SSPX, women and footwashing, the consecration of Russia, anti-pastoral bishops, and more We do not endorse unreservedly every statement of Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mary Most Holy in Astana, Kazakhstan. However, Schneider’s voice has become an influential one in the Church, especially in [...]

The Pope’s Moment of Truth

Very soon, perhaps on March 19, Pope Francis is expected to publish a document on the family as his conclusion to the work of the two bishops’ Synods on the Family in 2014 and 2015  As he approaches the third year of his pontificate, Pope Francis faces his greatest decision yet. It is a decision, many [...]

By | 2016-02-01T15:36:11+00:00 Feb 1st, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Letter #56, 2015: Synod Final Report in English

December 17, 2015, Tuesday -- Final Synod Report Now Available in English The Final Report of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, which ended on October 24, is now available from the Holy See at the link below. It has taken nearly two months for the translation to be completed. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/documents/rc_synod_doc_20151026_relazione-finale-xiv-assemblea_en.html What is the glory [...]

Francis on the African Continent

Clergy process at the start of the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops for Africa in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Oct. 26, 2009) Pope Francis traveled to Africa November 25-30, bringing a message of hope and reconciliation to three nations which continue to experience exploitation, violence, [...]

The “Hermeneutic of Ambiguity”

This photo is from October 15, at the mid-point of the Synod. Pope Francis leads the Synod in prayer before the day's session gets underway (Galazka photo).   Our special correspondent, Mary Jo Anderson, an American Catholic woman writer, spent most of October in Rome. These are passages from her “Synod journal” The much-reported [...]

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 [...]

By | 2015-11-01T15:18:36+00:00 Nov 1st, 2015|Categories: Reflection|Tags: , , , , , |

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 [...]

By | 2015-11-01T15:00:17+00:00 Nov 1st, 2015|Categories: Reflection|Tags: , , , , , , |
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