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Cardinal Parolin: Apostolic exhortation on the family could come soon

Cardinal Parolin: Apostolic exhortation on the family could come soon

VATICAN, Oct. 29, 2015– Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said an apostolic exhortation on the family following the recently concluded Synod of Bishops could be released soon. “I imagine that it won’t take long because usually these things should be done in a relatively short time, otherwise it loses its strength a bit, [...]

Synod report has new emphasis, not changed doctrine, U.S. bishops say

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015– Several hours before the final report of the Synod of Bishops was put to a vote, two U.S. bishops said that what is new is not the church’s message, but the synod’s emphasis and attitude toward the role of the family in the modern world. Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, [...]

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Synod report urges ‘accompaniment’ tailored to family situations

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015– While not specifically mentioning the controversial proposal of a path toward full reconciliation and Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, members of the Synod of Bishops on the family handed Pope Francis a report emphasizing an obligation to recognize that not all Catholics in such a situation bear the same [...]

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Synod had difficult moments as it tried to proclaim truth, pope says

VATICAN, Oct. 24, 2015– The first task of the Catholic Church “is not to hand down condemnations or anathemas, but to proclaim the mercy of God,” Pope Francis told members of the Synod of Bishops on the family. At the end of the synod’s final working session Oct. 24, Pope Francis was honest about the [...]

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Gay Catholic to Synod: Please protect teaching on homosexuality

VATICAN, Oct. 23, 2015– With the pastoral care of homosexual persons on the agenda of the Synod on the Family, one man with same-sex attraction has appealed to the synod fathers to protect the Church’s teaching on this issue. “I would love (the synod fathers) to know that we exist, that we are so concerned [...]

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The deeper synod question: How should church relate to the wider world

VATICAN, Oct. 23, 2015– Members of the Synod of Bishops on the family agree that Catholic families are the beating heart and busy hands of the church, but the tensions in the synod hall demonstrate that what they don’t agree on is a vision of the church and its primary attitude to the world. As [...]

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Final report to be a general guide, not hard answers, says cardinal

VATICAN, Oct. 22, 2015– After nearly three weeks of intense discussion and debate, the Synod of Bishop’s final document on the family was not expected to have any hard-hitting answers, a member of the drafting commission said. Rather, the report was aiming to be a reflection of the overall sense of the “mind of the [...]

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Synod groups deliberate on how to support, accompany families

VATICAN, Oct. 22, 2015– The Vatican published the third reports of the small working groups of the Synod of Bishops on the family. The following is a sampling of what some of the groups had to say: – English Group A, in a report read by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, emphasized the [...]

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Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

VATICAN, Oct. 21, 2015– 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 [...]

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Apologies and processes: Synod groups end with varied offerings

VATICAN, Oct. 20, 2015– Two of the 13 final small-group reports of the Synod of Bishops for the family contained apologies: one for ways in which a lack of pastoral care may have contributed to the breakdown of marriages and one for “harsh and merciless” attitudes toward unwed mothers and their children, the divorced and [...]

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

VATICAN, Oct. 17, 2015– 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 [...]

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What will the Synod’s final document look like?

VATICAN, Oct. 16, 2015– As the second week of the synod draws to a close, it remains to be seen what the final product from the global meeting of bishops will be. The Synod on the Family, which gathers bishops from around the world for a three-week meeting in Rome, builds upon a previous gathering [...]

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We need to be clear on what marriage actually is, synod bishops insist

VATICAN, Oct. 14, 2015– Numerous bishops voiced alarm over the lack of a clear definition of marriage in the synod’s controversial guiding text, prompting a call for one based on scripture and Church teaching to be added. “The Instrumentum Laboris nowhere defines marriage. This is a serious defect,” group “D” of the four English-speaking circles wrote [...]

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

VATICAN, Oct. 14, 2015– 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 [...]

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

VATICAN, Oct. 13, 2015– 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 [...]

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Diverse synod groups united in concern over ‘gender ideology’

VATICAN, Oct. 13, 2015– 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 [...]

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