At the Synod: Despite Pope John Paul II's absence, his works are still present

Ten years have passed since the death of the Pope John Paul II yet the works of his hands can still be felt and seen on bishops who debate to uphold the true doctrines and teaching of the Catholic Church at the on-going synod meeting sheduled to end on Sunday 25th of October. The saint… Continue reading At the Synod: Despite Pope John Paul II's absence, his works are still present

Church unity and truth serve the family, Archbishop Gomez says from synod

The Catholic Church needs “a new missionary confidence and courage” that draws on Church unity and the recognition of God’s unwavering vision for the family, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has said. “We need to find creative, positive ways to proclaim God as Creator and to show the beauty of his plan for… Continue reading Church unity and truth serve the family, Archbishop Gomez says from synod

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according to a new round of small group reports. “The majority without full consensus affirmed the current teaching and practice of the Church regarding the participation in the Eucharist of those who are divorced and civilly… Continue reading Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Denver archbishop: Would German bishops side with Henry VIII or Thomas More?

If divorced-and-remarried Catholics should receive communion, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and many of the German bishops suggest, does that mean St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher died for nothing? In his latest column Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver asked this question and pointed to similarities between Cardinal Kasper’s push for allowing remarried Catholics to… Continue reading Denver archbishop: Would German bishops side with Henry VIII or Thomas More?

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

Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father is an “opponent” of Pope Francis. “If the welcome we gave Pope Francis in Philadelphia last month looked like ‘opposition,’ people need a trip to a really good eye doctor,”… Continue reading Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Cardinal Pell: Catholic means universal, not continental

In a wide-ranging interview, Australia’s leading prelate affirmed his alliance with Pope Francis, and also stressed that, in a universal church, doctrine does not change from one country to the next. “You cannot have two people in the same situation with the same dispositions; one goes to Communion and it (is) a sacrilege and in… Continue reading Cardinal Pell: Catholic means universal, not continental

Pope Francis: 50th anniversary of Synod renews the call to discipleship

Pope Francis presided over celebrations marking 50 years since the establishment of the Synod of Bishops, in which he reflected on the role of the synod in fulfilling our call as disciples to be servants. “Never forget! For disciples of Jesus, yesterday and today, the only authority is the authority of service; the only power… Continue reading Pope Francis: 50th anniversary of Synod renews the call to discipleship

A tough synod topic: the 'silent martyrdom' of incest, abuse in families

Violence, incest and sexual abuse within the family were among the issues addressed by synod fathers in their most recent talks, as well as the Church’s role in bringing light to difficult situations. One of the synod bishops specifically referred to “the martyrdom of silence in many families where incest has taken place.” He said… Continue reading A tough synod topic: the 'silent martyrdom' of incest, abuse in families

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

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

Violent marriages: A woman's quest to help synod bishops grasp the issue

Christauria Welland is a clinical psychologist who’s worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence – and with one in three women worldwide suffering from abuse at the hands of a partner, her goal is to make sure bishops know about the problem. Often kept secret through shame or fear of stigma, the scourge… Continue reading Violent marriages: A woman's quest to help synod bishops grasp the issue

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

Cardinal Pell responds to reports of synod letter

The text of a letter allegedly written by 13 cardinals to Pope Francis is inaccurate, said Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, adding that the contents of private documents should remain private. “The list of signatories is wrong, and so is the content,” Cardinal Pell told CNA Oct. 12. “I… Continue reading Cardinal Pell responds to reports of synod letter

Diverse synod groups united in concern over 'gender ideology'

Despite the significant differences among the 13 small groups that are discussing the working document at the Synod on the Family, the majority are in agreement that gender ideology poses a serious challenge for families in the modern world. Seven of the bishops’ working groups – which are divided by language – mention gender ideology… Continue reading Diverse synod groups united in concern over 'gender ideology'

Cardinal Dolan reportedly among concerned bishops who wrote Pope about synod

New York’s archbishop is listed among the signatories in a letter last week to Pope Francis over whether this year’s Synod on the Family lacked the “openness and genuine collegiality” needed to accomplish its purpose, it was revealed Monday. In the letter dated Oct. 5, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the other prelates allegedly addressed the… Continue reading Cardinal Dolan reportedly among concerned bishops who wrote Pope about synod

Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family, LA archbishop tells synod

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles addressed his fellow synod fathers on Saturday, encouraging the Church in sharing the beauty of the Creator’s plan for creation, the human person, and the family. “I believe that the Church must present a new evangelical catechesis on creation, as an essential element of the new evangelization,” he said… Continue reading Proclaim the beauty of God's plan for family, LA archbishop tells synod

From the synod: Mercy is not an abandonment of Church teaching

Mercy has emerged as a major theme in the synod of bishops, as discussion has moved forward with many participants emphasizing that while mercy is greatly needed, it must always be linked to truth. “The question is not whether we’re here to change doctrine, but to make sure pastoral care takes account of real, actual,… Continue reading From the synod: Mercy is not an abandonment of Church teaching