Archbishop Paglia confirms March publication of Pope's synodal apostolic exhortation

President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has confirmed that Pope Francis’ much anticipated synodal catechesis devoted to family life following last year’s synod will be published by the end of  March. During an interview with the Portuguese Catholic agency Ecclesia, Archbishop Paglia said that the Pope will probably release the… Continue reading Archbishop Paglia confirms March publication of Pope's synodal apostolic exhortation

Archbishop Chaput named and others named new members on synod council – Check them out

As established by Pope Paul VI in 1965 is the Synod Council members, whom are to serve as an advisory council to the Pontiff in a Synod meeting meant aimed at tackling developing challenging factors in the church and help in fostering a closer unity between the Roman Pontiff and bishops, to assist the Roman Pontiff with… Continue reading Archbishop Chaput named and others named new members on synod council – Check them out

Francis’ family synod: No changes, but everything has changed

It’s now quite certain that Pope Francis’ big summit on family issues won’t endorse any changes to Church doctrine on the Church’s teaching about homosexuality or whether civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion. And yet, it seems, everything has changed. From the crucial role African bishops have played in the debate, to calls to remove… Continue reading Francis’ family synod: No changes, but everything has changed

Synod dispute over Communion issue rachets up

  The dispute between conservative Cardinal George Pell of Australia and the more liberal German bishops broke out into the open Wednesday, with the Germans saying they felt “dismay and sadness” that Pell had fostered division in the synod with his recent public remarks. The German bishops favor a proposal put forth by German Cardinal… Continue reading Synod dispute over Communion issue rachets up

Why the Synod of Bishops is more than Rock’em Sock’em Robots

When you talk to people taking part in the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family and ask where things stand, one observation you’ll often hear is that public impressions of the event and the actual experience of it are two very different things. In the media and in the blogosphere, many bishops say, one… Continue reading Why the Synod of Bishops is more than Rock’em Sock’em Robots

Strengthen marriage with truth and mercy, Venezuela's Cardinal Urosa tells synod

Both truth and mercy can be found in consistent Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas told the Synod of Bishops on Thursday. “United to Christ, who has overcome the world, the Church is called to maintain the splendor of truth even in difficult situations,” he said in his Oct. 15 intervention.… Continue reading Strengthen marriage with truth and mercy, Venezuela's Cardinal Urosa tells synod

Moving too fast on divorce question could lead to fracture, Kurtz says

The two most senior officials of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, the body’s president, and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas, the vice president. Both are elected delegates to the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family, and today Crux presents interviews with both men… Continue reading Moving too fast on divorce question could lead to fracture, Kurtz says

God wants Church to make ‘journey of synodality’, says Pope

Pontiff makes major address on 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops Pope Francis has outlined his vision for a Church that is “synodal” at every level, with everyone listening to each other, learning from each other and taking responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel. Marking the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, the Pope… Continue reading God wants Church to make ‘journey of synodality’, says Pope

Cardinal Pell rejects conservative call for a walkout at Synod of Bishops

ROME — Despite an online petition calling on prelates “faithful to Christ’s teaching” to abandon the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, due to perceptions of a “pre-determined outcome that is anything but orthodox,” one of the summit’s most outspoken conservatives says “there’s no ground for anyone to walk out on anything.” Australian Cardinal… Continue reading Cardinal Pell rejects conservative call for a walkout at Synod of Bishops

A synod conversation with Catholic Africa’s lion in winter

ROME — Supposedly Pope Paul VI once flirted with the idea of naming patriarchs for each of the world’s continents, as a step towards greater local control. Although the concept never went anywhere, if it had a strong contender for Africa over the past couple of decades, it probably would have been Nigeria’s Cardinal Francis… Continue reading A synod conversation with Catholic Africa’s lion in winter

A belated apology to Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier

ROME — Crux owes Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of Durban, South Africa, an apology. Although it’s coming later than it should, this piece is intended to deliver it. Although it largely got lost amid a bigger controversy this week over a letter signed by several cardinals objecting to elements of the process at the 2015… Continue reading A belated apology to Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier

What did the pope’s mea culpa mean? Take your pick of scandals

ROME – Wednesdays in Rome generally belong to the pope, because that’s when he holds his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, and during the second week of the 2015 Synod of Bishops, Francis certainly found a way to put his stamp on what Americans often refer to as “hump day.” The pontiff delivered… Continue reading What did the pope’s mea culpa mean? Take your pick of scandals

Read today's report from the German small group at the Synod

Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the Family. The reports of the 13 small groups, or circoli minori, were all released Oct. 14 in their own languages: four English, three French, three Italian, two Spanish, and one German. The text below is… Continue reading Read today's report from the German small group at the Synod

Cardinal Sarah says the Christian family counters both Islamic, Western extremism

Cardinal Robert Sarah has told the Synod of Bishops they should respond to the twin threats of Western and Islamic radicals by helping the world realize the beauty of the Christian family. “To use a slogan, we find ourselves between ‘gender ideology and ISIS.’ Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page… Continue reading Cardinal Sarah says the Christian family counters both Islamic, Western extremism

Cardinals clash on doubts about process at the Synod of Bishops

ROME — Two high-profile cardinals taking part in the Synod of Bishops on the family offered different views on Monday about some elements of the process, with one scoffing at charges of manipulation and stacking the deck, and another saying there are real uncertainties and doubts. Cardinals Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC, and Wilfrid Fox… Continue reading Cardinals clash on doubts about process at the Synod of Bishops

Synod letter leak was intended 'to sow strife', says Cardinal Müller

Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to Pope Francis from a number of cardinals abouts its process, calling the leak of a private document scandalous. “I’m not saying whether I signed or not. The scandal is that it makes public a private… Continue reading Synod letter leak was intended 'to sow strife', says Cardinal Müller

Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to cohabitate. What do all these people have in common? They’re all striving for holiness and, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan, they’re the “new minority” to whom it is important to extend inclusion in the Church.… Continue reading Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish bishops’ conference, said that were we to cease to recognize sinfulness, then Christ’s Incarnation would be rendered “void of its meaning.” “We void the meaning of the whole work of the incarnation because we say that Christ… Continue reading Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

How the 'shadow council' is trying to influence the Synod on the Family

When the first week’s reports of the 13 small groups at the Synod on the Family were released on Friday, the influence of those who participated in May’s “Shadow Council” could be discerned in the report of the German speaking group. The secretive May meeting was organized by the German, French, and Swiss bishops’ conferences;… Continue reading How the 'shadow council' is trying to influence the Synod on the Family

Baby steals the show at the Synod of Bishops

ROME — In a room full of people with an average age well north of 60, it’s been no surprise that Davide Paloni, a four-month-old baby brought into the hall each day by his parents, has become a star at the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, winning hearts and drawing smiles from pretty… Continue reading Baby steals the show at the Synod of Bishops