Someone other than synod fathers inserted language into final draft

"Discernment" and "synodality" stressed in proposed document though neither idea figured prominently synod discussions; may feed perceptions among critics of the pope that the process is rigged

A member of the drafting committee for the final document of the 2018 Synod of Bishops says that language on “synodality” and “discernment” in a draft distributed to bishops earlier this week came from neither synod discussions nor the committee, guessing it was inserted by officials appointed by Pope Francis to run the event. “They’re very heavily stressed, discernment and … [Read more...]

Rewriting the history of two synods?

Two-thirds of the 2014 Synod Fathers did not choose to continue discussing the matter of Holy Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics

The following comes from a December 17 The Catholic Thing article by Fr. Gerald E. Murray: The now famous dubia sent to Pope Francis by Cardinal Burke and three of his fellow cardinals is a sincere effort to clear up what has become a crisis in the Church concerning marriage, adultery and the requirements for the worthy reception of the Holy Eucharist. They have every right … [Read more...]

Cardinal Sarah’s synod

Who was pope when Athanasius was bishop?

The following comes from a November 20 A Shepherd's Voice blog post: The recent Synod on the Family included an event of supreme importance that has been noted by many—the emergence of the sub-Saharan African Church. There is a stark contrast between the incoherence of the infected bishops and the simple and assured clarity of the African bishops. A number of examples could … [Read more...]

Bishop Robert Barron to academics: debate Ross Douthat, don’t dodge him

The following comes from an October 31 Catholic News Agency article by Bishop Robert Barron: Bishop Robert Barron has weighed in amid a media controversy after the Synod on the Family, saying some academic critics of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat are avoiding a good argument in countering his commentary on the synod, some bishops, and Pope Francis. Douthat, a … [Read more...]

God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman

Pope Francis’ opening homily at the Synod on the Family

[The following comes from an October 4 Catholic World Report story] Below is the full text of the homily Pope Francis delivered today in St. Peter’s Basilica at the opening Mass for the Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops on the Family. Translation by Vatican Radio. “If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12). This Sunday’s … [Read more...]

Archbishop Cordileone – singled out for exclusion?

The only one chosen by US bishops to attend synod who was not invited by Rome

The following comes from a Sept. 15 posting on Rorate Caeli. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco is not only a known "culture warrior" but is also the Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. Not surprisingly, he was elected by his fellow US bishops in November 2014 as one of two "alternates" … [Read more...]

Could a strong reaffirmation of Church teaching save institution of marriage?

Cardinals, bishops and 500,000 faithful ask Pope Francis to reaffirm Church teaching at synod

The following comes from a August 21 TFP Student Action news release: Ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family in Rome, dozens of organizations are collecting petitions to Pope Francis, asking him to reinforce Church teaching on marriage and family.  Today, the worldwide petition surpassed 500,000 signatures, including those of 5 cardinals, 117 bishops and hundreds of … [Read more...]

The Synod: Africa’s hour

Bishops and cardinals unanimous in opposing “the strategy of the Germans” on divorce and homosexual unions

The following comes from a June 15 Chiesa article by Sandro Magister:   ROME, June 15, 2015 - They were five cardinals and forty-five bishops from as many African countries who met in Accra, the capital of Ghana, from June 8-11. Organized by the symposium of episcopal conferences of Africa and Madagascar, the title of the meeting was “The family in Africa. What … [Read more...]

Free booklet on communion for divorced and remarried

But act fast -- it's only available for the next 5 days

The following press release was emailed to us by one of our readers: Catholic Answers is making their booklet Divorce, Remarriage, Communion: A Guide to What Is Happening and How You Can Help available via download through Amazon for FREE for the next five days. “To help people understand the Church’s teachings on this issue and to cut through the confusion that the news … [Read more...]

Appeal to Pope

Family groups launch petition

The following comes from a Jan. 29 email. I'm writing with a news tip that may be of interest to you. Over 20 pro-family groups launched a worldwide appeal to Pope Francis to defend marriage and family at the upcoming Synod in Rome. You will find more information here. A list of some 100 VIPs have signed the petition -- including Cardinals, Bishops, priests, a King … [Read more...]