Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? Here's your chance

The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops announced the launch of a new website for the upcoming synod on youth, and encouraged young people to take the survey available there. The theme for the 50th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, set to take place in 2018, is “Young People, the Faith and… Continue reading Millennials: Do you have something to say to the bishops? Here's your chance

Proposed synod on married priests ‘was voted down by Pope’s advisors’

The synod will instead focus on ‘Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment’ The topic of the next synod has been announced as “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment”, according to a Vatican statement released today. But according to one respected Vatican journalist, the synod – a meeting of bishops which will take place in 2014… Continue reading Proposed synod on married priests ‘was voted down by Pope’s advisors’

Pope Francis asked to consider mature married men for priesthood

The Church may soon consider again considering married men for ordination to the priesthood. In some areas, the demand for sacraments is greater than the number of priests available to administer them. Historically, the Catholic Church has ordained married men to the diaconate and the priesthood. The decision for celibacy is made before the first… Continue reading Pope Francis asked to consider mature married men for priesthood

Read: Everybody has a role to restore joy and peace to War Victims explains Pope Francis

Pope Francis addressed the Synod of the Chaldean Church today, and made it clear to them that how journeying together as christian and sheep under one shepherd are to always reach out for one another, especially when they are in need of it. He made it clear that the proclamation of “Together we journey in our… Continue reading Read: Everybody has a role to restore joy and peace to War Victims explains Pope Francis

Discourage Christian women from marrying Muslim men, observer tells synod

Observers discussed marriage, domestic violence and single mothers at the synod last week Observers have told the Synod of Bishops on the family to discourage Christian women from marrying Muslim men and urge priests not to tell women to return to abusive husbands The observers also urged the sharing of the truth of Church teaching… Continue reading Discourage Christian women from marrying Muslim men, observer tells synod

Pope Francis: ‘Synod must renew indisputable value of marriage between a man and woman’

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for the intercession of ‘the pope of the family’, St John Paul II Pope Francis has prayed for the intercession of “the pope of the family”, St John Paul II, whose optional memorial is on October 22, asking that the Synod of Bishops on the family “renew in… Continue reading Pope Francis: ‘Synod must renew indisputable value of marriage between a man and woman’

Annulment reform is not about shortcuts, cardinals say

Cardinal Martinez Sistach and Cardinal Wilfrid Napier say the new procedures will stop delays in cases where marriages are clearly not valid The reforms to the annulment process introduced by Pope Francis serve only to avoid delays in cases where marriages are clearly not valid, two synod fathers said. Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona,… Continue reading Annulment reform is not about shortcuts, cardinals say

New pastoral approach does not change doctrine, Australian archbishop says

Archbishop Mark Coleridge has called for ‘a new kind of pastoral creativity’ While Church doctrine must stay unchanged, an Australian archbishop has expressed his hope that the Synod of Bishops will the lead the Church to a genuine pastoral approach using a new language of mercy toward families, particularly those in difficult situations. Speaking at… Continue reading New pastoral approach does not change doctrine, Australian archbishop says

Cardinal Pell: ‘I am not a synod rebel’

The Australian cardinal discussed Pope Francis and Communion in a wide-ranging interview Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Vatican secretariat for the economy, has stressed that he is “not a rebel or an opponent of the Pope”. In an interview with Catholic News Agency, the Australian cardinal said Pope Francis is “a very good… Continue reading Cardinal Pell: ‘I am not a synod rebel’

Synod is neglecting issue of homosexuality, says English bishop

Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton discussed the synod in an interview with Vatican Radio Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton has criticised the synod for failing to properly address the issue of homosexuality. Speaking to Vatican Radio about the concerns of gay Catholics, he said: “I’m a little concerned that we haven’t faced up to those… Continue reading Synod is neglecting issue of homosexuality, says English bishop

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

Synod is being distorted by critics, says Cardinal Wuerl

The US cardinal told America magazine the synod was not being manipulated The Synod of Bishops on the family is not being manipulated, rather the distortion rests in how it is being depicted or seen by a number of people, said Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington. “I don’t think the synod itself has been tainted,… Continue reading Synod is being distorted by critics, says Cardinal Wuerl

What is Synod? As a Catholic be Edified

Synod is another word for a council .It is an old Greek word (σύνοδος) sunodos that means an “assembly or meeting”. In ancient times synods of the Christian Church were usually gatherings of Bishops to discuss issues of doctrine, administration or ministry. In our Church today, we understand Synod to be a gathering convened by… Continue reading What is Synod? As a Catholic be Edified

For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

As controversy continues to swirl around proposals by the German bishops at the Synod on the Family, the German bishops themselves have faced heightened criticism in recent years. Critics point out that while Cardinal Walter Kasper and most of his fellow German bishops have been leading the charge to allow those in “irregular” marital situations… Continue reading For German bishops mercy comes at a price, critics charge

At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement yet in favor of offering Communion to the divorced-and-remarried. In an Oct. 14 address to his fellow bishops from around the world, gathered at the Synod in Rome, he said that “we should seriously consider… Continue reading At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

Synod participants call for Bible-based presentation of God’s plan for family

Most of the synod’s 13 working groups have asked for a greater use of Scripture in the synod’s text As members of the Synod of Bishops concluded work on the second of three chapters in their working document, they continued to call for a tone and for language that is clear, simple and encourages people… Continue reading Synod participants call for Bible-based presentation of God’s plan for family

Women participants ‘encouraged’ by synod discussions

Several of the participants spoke to the press on Tuesday at a Vatican briefing Several women participating in the Synod of Bishops on the family said they are encouraged that their views are not only respected but included in the discussions taking place. “It’s not just a feeling,” said Moira McQueen, director of the Canadian… Continue reading Women participants ‘encouraged’ by synod discussions

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

CDF prefect deplores leaking of letter

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the Milan-based newspaper Corriere della Sera that he would neither confirm nor deny signing a letter to Pope Francis expressing concerns about the methodology of the Synod of Bishops and the content of its working document. “This is a new… Continue reading CDF prefect deplores leaking of letter

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