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  • Letting Christ — Not Confusion — Reign

    10/21/2014 4:22:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. Roger Landry
    COMMENTARY: Evaluating the Synod by Pope Francis’ Own Evangelical PrinciplesOn the middle Sunday of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, every Catholic parish in the world providentially focused on Jesus’ parable about the kingdom of heaven. Jesus compared his kingdom to a banquet, for which he sent his servants to invite everyone, the good and the bad. But then the king entered the banquet hall, found someone not dressed in a wedding garment and had him bound and cast into the darkness outside (Matthew 22:1-14). The parable summarizes the...
  • Pres of Polish Episc. Conf: Let's End This Delusion That 'Mercy' Began Only Now, After 2,000 Years!

    10/20/2014 6:39:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/20/14 | Marek Lehnert
    Archbishop StanisƂaw Gądecki, archbishop of Poznan, Poland, and president of his nation's episcopate, is glad with himself and with the others who thought as he did for the determined criticism of the relatio post disceptationem of the Synod on the Family. The Polish prelate denounced a clear separation with the teaching of John Paul II on the issue, as well as the unclear vision about the purpose of the Synod itself. Speaking yesterday to Polish radio, Gądecki reiterated that many of the Synod Fathers shared his feelings, considering that text "strongly ideologized, because it considered more the sociological than the...
  • Was That Why He Was Elected?

    10/20/2014 6:19:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I must admit I still don't understand Francis. Is he the greatest thing since unsliced bread, a cunning old Jesuit, a conservative, a trad, a prophet, a fool or even the anti-Christ; a breath of fresh-air or the stench from the tomb of those rather detestable men who surrounded the Blessed Paul VI and added to his suffering? I have never done the Benedict through Francis thing at least, but neither am I convinced of the Francis against Benedict thing entirely. I am still perplexed and confused by him. Perhaps it is in Francis who rather than being an Emperor...
  • Interview of Edward Pentin By Michael Voris

    10/20/2014 9:41:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/19/14 | Pat Archbold
    This is excellent. Ed Pentin describes the circumstances of his Kasper interview and gives his impression of the Synod. Kudos to Michael Voris for the good work he has done reporting from Rome these past weeks.
  • Francis: Church has One Year to Mature. In the Meantime, its Doors are Wide Open

    10/20/2014 9:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 76 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/19/14 | Iacoppo Scaramuzzi
    The Church’s doors are wide open, to receive “not only the just”, “but the needy” too. Francis disproved assumptions about a “disputatious Church where one part is against the other”, guaranteeing its unity. He reiterated that no one ever called into question the indissolubility of marriage and marriage’s openness to lifeSpeaking after the vote on the content of the Synod’s final document, the relatio synodi (three key paragraphs in the draft document did not win the two thirds majority vote), Francis addressed the assembled Fathers saying: “Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true...
  • German Cardinal [Marx] Defends Synod Document, Says Church Teaching Can Change

    10/20/2014 6:24:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Speaking to reporters in Rome on October 16, Cardinal Reinhard Marx defended the interim report released by the Synod of Bishops and reiterated his early statement of support for a change in Church teaching regarding the reception of Communion by Catholics who are divorced and remarried. "Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of things," the cardinal told reporters at a Vatican press office briefing. Cardinal Marx, who is president of the German bishops’ conference, said that most of the country’s bishops backed the proposal by his fellow German, Cardinal Walter Kasper. “We cannot change the...
  • The Synod; and Four Cardinals: Burke, Ratzinger, Newman, Kasper ... on the Petrine Ministry

    10/20/2014 4:52:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 10/20/14 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    The Holy Father's speech at the end of the Synod contained an interesting paragraph about his understanding of his office. I propose, soon, to discuss it. But first, some context. Cardinal Burke is reported to have said "The pope, more than anyone else, is bound to serve the Truth. The pope is not free to change the Church's teaching with regard to the immorality of homosexual acts or the indissolubility of marriage or any other doctrine of the Faith."This is closely in line with the words of Pope Francis' immediate predecessor: "In fact, the First Vatican Council had in no...
  • Synod’s Final Report Lacks Bishops’ Consensus on Controversial Topics

    10/19/2014 8:13:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/18/14 | Edward Pentin
    The synod fathers agreed with a 2/3 majority to all 62 paragraph in synod report except those on communion for the divorced and “remarried” and on welcoming homosexuals.VATICAN — In an electronic vote this afternoon, the synod fathers approved the final report — relatio synodi — of the synod of bishops, with two paragraphs on administering holy Communion to divorced and “remarried” couples and one on welcoming homosexuals failing to reach a two-thirds majority. The final document of the Oct. 5-19 extraordinary synod on the family contains 62 points and the voting numbers for each of these was published. The...
  • Pope Francis' Closing Synod Speech Received with Standing Ovation

    10/19/2014 10:20:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Vatican City, Oct 18, 2014 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis' address at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, delivered Saturday, was responded to with a four-minute standing ovation on the part of the bishops attending the Vatican meeting. In the Oct. 18 speech, the Pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, and noted the various temptations that can arise in such a synod setting. He encouraged the bishops to live in the tension, saying that “personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement...
  • Cardinal Burke to CWR: Confirms Transfer, Praises Pushback, Addresses Controversy......

    10/18/2014 10:33:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/18/14 | Carl E. Olson
    "It is profoundly sad and scandalous that such remarks were made by a Cardinal of the Church."Late yesterday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, responded to questions sent as a follow-up to his October 14th interview with Catholic World Report. He confirmed that he is leaving his positiion as Prefect, remarked on the reactions against the Relatio released this past Monday, reflected on the importance of the texts issued by the ten small groups, and commented on the recent controversy over an interview given by Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany. CWR: Not...
  • Synod Day 12 – On the Way to a Decision?

    10/18/2014 10:23:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/18/14 | Robert Royal
    Late in life, St. Augustine issued his Retractationes, which may be translated, I believe, as either “retractions” or “re-treatments” of things he had written earlier. I’m going to do one of the latter. Yesterday, I reported that the Synod bishops voted – against the clear attempt by Cardinal Baldisseri, the leader of the Synod, to suppress the reports of the ten small language groups – that they should be published. That was not accurate. So let me “re-treat” the situation. With fuller information today, it seems to have gone like this: Baldisseri seems to have decided, on the spur of...
  • For first time, Sistine Chapel to be rented out for corporate event

    10/17/2014 1:11:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 121 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | October 16, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    >Details: Pope Francis has for the first time allowed the Sistine Chapel to be rented out for a private corporate event, with the proceeds to go to charities working with the poor and homeless. The concert, to be performed amid the splendour of Michelangelo’s frescoes on Saturday, will be attended by a select group of about 40 high-paying tourists who have signed up to an exclusive tour of Italy organised by Porsche. But as the unprecedented deal was announced, the Vatican announced that it would limit the number of visitors allowed inside the chapel to the current total of six...
  • Synod Day 11: Some Numbers

    10/17/2014 6:22:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/17/14 | Robert Royal
    There has been a lot of talk – in dozens of languages – about the Extraordinary Synod since the Relatio post disceptationem (the interim report) was published to great controversy this past Monday. Much of what people who are not here in Rome are saying is worthy of some attention. But since we are awash in so many words, perhaps the best way to analyze Thursday’s news is via some hard numbers. Yesterday morning, the 10 small language groups delivered their formal reports (Lat. relationes – don’t confuse these with the earlier document). Every one of them is basically solid...
  • Journalist Publishes Recording of Cardinal’s Controversial Interview

    10/17/2014 6:18:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/17/14 | Conor Gaffey
    A Catholic journalist has published the audio recording of an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper in which the German cardinal made controversial remarks about the contribution of African bishops at the family synod. Edward Pentin published the recording along with a full transcript and explanatory statement on his personal website yesterday. The interview was conducted on Tuesday October 16 and was published on the Catholic news website Zenit the following day. It was subsequently removed from Zenit’s website after Cardinal Kasper denied giving the interview to Zenit in a statement to German media. In the interview, the cardinal said that...
  • Will Conservatives Turn on Pope Francis?

    10/17/2014 6:13:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/16/14 | John L. Allen Jr.
    ROME – As the Synod of Bishops continues to produce drama, coming today in a surprise decision to release frank internal reports of its debates, one big-picture question captured by the event seems to be coming into clear focus. Here it is in a nutshell: Is a tipping point drawing close, when conservatives who have been inclined to give Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt will, instead, turn on him? Granted, labels such as “liberal” and “conservative” often conceal as much as they reveal, especially when applied to the Church. That said, they capture something at a big-picture level,...
  • Evidence Emerges of an Engineered Synod

    10/16/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/15/14 | Edward Pentin
    More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. . It still remains unclear who exactly wrote it and how many eyes had seen it before it was made public, but the strong criticisms of it from such Church leaders as Cardinals Raymond Burke and Gerhard Mueller are enough to point to a lamentable lack of scrutiny, with consequences for souls. Archbishop Bruno Forte, the synod’s special secretary, known to be a keen...
  • Synod Day 10 – A Ton of Vaseline

    10/16/2014 6:02:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/16/14 | Robert Royal
    After Wednesday’s press briefing, a noted student of the Vatican, whose identity should probably not be revealed, turned and said to me, “Roberto, I don’t know what you say in English, but here we say that we just had a ton of Vaseline dumped on our heads.” Slippery, viscous, uniform, and bland – hard to get a grip on since there’s no real substance. Anyone with the slightest imagination can easily elaborate further exactly what he meant. And come to think of it, maybe I should just say the line was Sandro Magister’s. It’s too good not to give him...
  • Don’t Listen to the Africans, Says Catholic Cardinal [Kasper]

    10/15/2014 6:52:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    First Things ^ | 10/15/14 | Matthew Schmitz
    In a stunning new interview, German Cardinal Walter Kasper has said that African Catholics “should not tell us too much what we have to do” and admitted that they are not being listened to at the Vatican’s current synod as it takes up matters including homosexuality, divorce, remarriage, and family life. Kasper has been the main advocate for admitting to communion Catholics who are divorced and remarried—and thus living in what the Church, following the words of Christ himself, considers adultery. This would constitute an act of grave vandalism to Catholic doctrine and a serious failure in the Church’s pastoral...
  • An Extraordinary Synod—In More Ways Than One

    10/15/2014 9:51:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/15/14 | Fr. Vincent V. Twomey SVD
    There is nothing very courageous about offering "pastoral" recommendations that fail to challenge a world that still bears the scars of the sexual revolution of the 1960sThis Synod is extraordinary in more ways than one. It is extra-ordinary in the simple sense of being merely preparatory to the actual or ordinary Synod that will take place in twelve months' time. But the Synod is also extraordinary in the more colloquial sense of the term (i.e. being rather strange). Cardinal Kasper's address to the February Consistory in preparation for the Synod set the agenda. It was widely publicized in various languages...
  • Cardinal Kasper: Majority of Synod Now Supports Communion for Remarried

    10/15/2014 9:37:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/15/14 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Walter Kasper has said he believes a “growing majority” of the synod fathers are in favour of his proposal to allow some divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion. Speaking yesterday evening, the German cardinal said: “I hoped there would be some opening and I think the majority is in favour. That is the impression I have, but there is no vote. But I think some opening would be left [to happen]. Perhaps it would also be left to the next part of the synod.” asked if he thought his proposal was causing confusion among the faithful,...
  • Synod Day 9 – Bishops to World: “Never mind”

    10/15/2014 6:13:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/15/14 | Robert Royal
    I’ve said here that Monday, the day the document officially known as the Relatio post disceptationem (Synod interim report) was issued, was the strangest day I’ve ever spent in Rome. I take it back. Yesterday, the daily Synod press briefing essentially retracted much that was said Monday and by implication parts of the document, while stopping just short of admitting as much. It was a 180-degree turn such as may never have been seen in so short a radius on Vatican soil. And as details emerged Tuesday, the rollout of the relatio looked to rival the rollout of Obamacare for...
  • Advice for the Pope in Light of the Synod

    10/14/2014 3:01:03 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies ^ | October 14, 2014 | Rev. Dwight Longenecker
    The Holy Father has been very good in lecturing priests and telling us what to do. We are to go out into the world and “make a mess.” We are to “smell like the sheep.” We are to welcome all with compassion, forgiveness and mercy. We are to be good and kind pastors who administer the sacraments with care and concern. We are to seek out the poor, castigate the rich, side with the unfortunate, heal the sick, support the immigrants and reach out to the lowly. We are to welcome the divorced and remarried, not judge those with same...
  • A chaotic synod? Reason two: The Church in our time

    10/14/2014 2:05:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 13, 2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    The second reason the current Synod on the Family will inevitably seem chaotic is the unique situation of the Church in this period of history. In my last installment, I explained that a certain degree of chaos is integral to the synodal process, and in the third and final installment I will explain why the very concept of marriage produces a chaotic response in the modern world. But today let us consider how the Church’s unusual situation leaves the synod fathers fumbling around for solutions they cannot quite grasp. The reason lies in the rather odd condition of the Church...
  • MN Catholic diocese announces abuse settlement

    10/14/2014 1:21:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    WKOW ^ | October 14, 2014 | Claire Sarafin
    ST. PAUL, MN (WKOW) -- Catholic church leaders in Minnesota said they won't recommend any priest for active ministry if they've been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. It's part of an agreement released Monday to settle a lawsuit. Church leaders must now disclose any accusation of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest when asked, along with the resolution. There was also an undisclosed financial settlement. Abuse victims who attended the news conference say it's a major victory. "I can look at my parents, who are still devout Catholics, and not feel bad for them," abuse...
  • A chaotic synod? Reason one: The nature of synods

    10/14/2014 8:32:01 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Catholic ^ | Oct 10, 2014 | By Dr. Jeff Mirus
    A chaotic synod? Reason one: The nature of synods By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Oct 10, 2014 It is very difficult to assess what is in the minds of most bishops as they work behind the scenes at the current Synod on the Family. The reports of the proceedings are very scanty, and often couched in terms that can be interpreted in multiple ways. A perceived lack of direction may be more apparent than real, of course, but there are three very good reasons why it is likely to be more real than apparent: (1) The nature of large...
  • Pope Alexander VI and His Family

    10/14/2014 5:49:37 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 12 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 14 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    [This is part of Catholic Analysis' special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the second, deals with the pontiff's family. Read the first part.] Vannozza dei Cattanei was Rodrigo Borgia's mistress and the mother of his children. She "doubtless was of great beauty and ardent passions; for if not, how could she have inflamed a Rodrigo Borgia? Her intellect too, although uncultivated, must have been vigorous; for if not, how could she have maintained her relations with the cardinal?" [1] He was "faithful through his life to [this] one woman". After the births of their children and before he...
  • Synod Day 8 – A Bizarre Document and Process

    10/14/2014 4:12:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/14/14 | Robert Royal
    I have been in Rome, by my rough count, 100 times during my adult life. Some visits had to do with secular matters of culture or politics, most with questions related to the Catholic Church. But I think I can say without the slightest doubt that yesterday was the strangest day I’ve ever passed in the Eternal City. By now, almost everyone interested in Catholic matters knows about what can only be called the truly bizarre document that the Vatican released Monday: the relatio summing up the first week of work by the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. I was...
  • Card. Burke: Synod Report "Lacks a Solid Foundation in the Sacred Scriptures and the Magisterium"

    10/14/2014 4:03:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/14/14 | Staff Reporter
    The Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura says that a statement from Pope Francis "is long overdue"Yesterday's presentation of the mid-term report (Relatio post disceptationem) of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was met with a remarkable level of interest among both Catholic and non-Catholic media outlets. The Vatican Radio site, in its introduction to the document, stated in part: In the mid-term report the Synod Fathers speak of how it's the task of the Church to recognize those seeds of the Word that have spread beyond its visible and sacramental boundaries. They appeal to...
  • Key synod rpt calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations (Cath Cauc)

    10/13/2014 3:56:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 13, 2014 | Diogenes
    An interim report from the Synod of Bishops has called upon Catholic pastors to recognize the positive elements of all family situations, including those at odds with Church teaching. The document says that “the Church accompany her most fragile sons and daughters, marked by wounded and lost love, with attention and care.” The relatio post disceptationem, which will form the basis of discussions during the 2nd week of the Synod’s deliberations, calls for ‘a conversion of all pastoral practices from the perspective of the family.” The document encourages pastors to work with “the historic family, wounded by sin,” helping those...
  • Pro-Life and Pro-Family Group: Synod Report a "Betrayal". Faithful "Morally Obliged to.....

    10/13/2014 2:28:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/13/14 | New Catholic
    ROME, 13 October 2014: An international coalition of pro-family groups has rejected the mid-way report of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, calling it “a betrayal”. Voice of the Family responded to the report (relatio post disceptationem), published this morning and presented by Cardinal PĂ©ter ErdƑ (See “Synod on Family: Midterm report presented, 2015 Synod announced“, Vatican Radio, 13 October) The report has been welcomed ecstatically by liberal Catholic commentators. John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family, said: “Those who are controlling the Synod have betrayed Catholic parents worldwide. We believe that the Synod’s mid-way report is one of...
  • The Great Division - Wojtyla Nation to the Rescue. President of the Polish Bishops' Conference..

    10/13/2014 1:27:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/13/14 | New Catholic
    Archbishop Gądecki: Document of the Synod of Bishops Unacceptable For ManyThe document summarizing the first week of the synod is not acceptable to many bishops - so says Archbishop Stanislaw Gądecki.Vatican Radio, October 13, 2014 In an interview with Vatican Radio, the President of the Polish Episcopal Conference did not hesitate to say that this document departs from the teaching of John Paul II, and even that in it can be noticed traces of the anti-marriage ideology. According to Archbishop Gądecki, this text also highlights the lack of a clear vision for the synodal assembly. "Is the purpose of this...
  • Why I No Longer Support the Society of Saint Pius X

    10/13/2014 7:40:59 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    The Vatican In Exile ^ | Sep 29, 2014 | John C. Cummings
    We are including this piece on the Society of Saint Pius X, because We have been able to verify the accuracy of the statements contained here in. Also it describes well the conditions at Armada, since the author received his information from a fellow seminarian, who was dismissed the same day I was. (See the Scandal of December 15, 1978.) 14th March, 1979 Some months ago I made an important decision. I discontinued all contributions to the New York office of the Society of Saint Pius X and tore up my pledge of support to the Society seminary in Michigan....
  • Family synod: Mid-Term Report is Hailed as a ‘Pastoral Earthquake’

    10/13/2014 6:21:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/13/14 | Mark Greaves
    A document summing up the synod so far has been described as a “pastoral earthquake” by a leading Vatican commentator. The document, called the relatio post disceptationem, was read aloud in the synod hall this morning. It has been drafted by synod fathers selected by Pope Francis and can be read in full here. The document calls on the Church to build on the “positive aspects” of relationships that are deemed irregular – such as between remarried couples or same-sex partners – and keep the “doors always wide open” to people in those relationships. The relatio says that the Church...
  • Catholic Bishop: 'Homosexual Relationships' Destroy 'Identity' of Man and Woman

    10/12/2014 12:24:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies ^ | October 10, 2014 | Zoey DiMauro
    ( -- Archbishop Zbigevs Stankevis, who heads the Catholic archdiocese of Riga, Latvia, and is attending the ongoing Synod on the Family at the Vatican, said foreigners, including the U.S. government, are trying to impose a pro-gay agenda on Latvia and other East European countries. The archbishop also said that homosexual relationships cannot be condoned because they are unnatural and destroy “the identity of man and the identity of woman.” Latvia is a nation on the Baltic Sea that borders the northwest corner of Russia, and also borders Estonia to the north and Lithuania and Belarus to the south. Riga...
  • 2nd Chapter Of Acts live in concert 1987

    10/12/2014 9:42:31 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 43 replies
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  • The Day I Drove Fr. Benedict Groeschel to the Pittsburgh Airport

    10/11/2014 10:39:28 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies ^ | October 10, 2014 | Tom Perna
    In a matter of hours, the body of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. will be laid to rest here on earth following the Funeral Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey. When I heard that Fr. Groeschel passed away last Friday, I quickly said a prayer for the repose of his soul and also remembered the forty-five minutes I spent with him in a car from Steubenville, Ohio to the Pittsburgh Airport.
  • Synod of Bishops: October 9 roundup (Catholic Caucus)

    10/11/2014 3:52:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 10, 2014 | Diogenes
    The seventh and eighth general congregations (sessions) of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family took place on October 9. Preaching at Terce (Midmorning Prayer) during the seventh general congregation, Bishop Lucio Muandula of Xai-Xai, Mozambique, called upon the synod fathers to seek wisdom from the Bible in the midst of a pagan world. Acting as president-delegate (that is, presiding in the place of the Holy Father), Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris said that the synod would now turn its attention to openness to life and to education. Many couples, he said, “do not...
  • Nun too helpful: Why giving money to Planned Parenthood doesn’t protect women

    10/10/2014 6:55:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    Live Action ^ | Adam Peters
    Like most people, I occasionally put my foot in my mouth. That can involve calling a friend by the wrong name, making a double entendre, or realizing that I’ve just asked out a nun. Well, technically she was a sister. Last year, I visited Aquinas College (a Catholic university in Tennessee) to watch a friend receive an award for a paper he’d written. There were other students up for awards that night, and more than a few of them were wearing habits. The sisters gave informed talks on a number of issues, including religious freedom in Vietnam and the relationship...
  • Why not Communion for polygamists if we give it to divorced and remarried?: So Af Cardinal

    10/10/2014 4:07:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Hilary White
    If someone in Germany who is divorced and civilly remarried can receive Communion without being expected to change his lifestyle, why can’t someone in Africa who is “married” to two women do so as well?That’s the question that Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, South Africa, asked in a recent interview with Catholic News Service. Napier added that a better way forward for the Church than the recommendation made by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper is to recommend the traditional Christian practice of fortitude in the face of suffering; the carrying of the cross. “Jesus didn’t say ‘I want...
  • Cardinal Burke Responds to Australian Couple’s Synod Presentation on Family’s Gay Son

    10/10/2014 6:21:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10/9/14 | John-Henry Westen and Pete Baklinski
    In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has responded to a controversial presentation by an Australian couple before 191 of the Catholic Church’s leading bishops and cardinals at the ongoing Extraordinary Synod on the Family this week. During their intervention, which has turned out to be one of the most widely reported interventions at the Synod, the Priolas asked and answered a question about what parents should do in the case where their son wants to bring his homosexual partner to a Christmas dinner where their grandchildren will be present. The Pirolas’ response, which they held up as...
  • Synod is Split on Issue of Divorce

    10/10/2014 6:11:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/9/14 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    The Vatican spokesman said participation peaked during yesterday afternoon’s session but the Synod is not counting how many are “for” or “against” communion for remarried divorcees. Meanwhile, Cardinal Coccopalmerio presented some ideas on how to make the marriage annulment process simplerThe Extraordinary Synod on the Family is tackling the issue of remarried divorcees head on. The Synod Fathers have been dealing with the issue – which had emerged occasionally in previous discussions – since yesterday afternoon as they work their way through the Instrumentum Laboris, the Synod’s working document. “Participation peaked” during this very “passionate” debate, with the Synod split...
  • Synod Day 5 – Openness that Deceives?

    10/10/2014 6:04:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/10/14 | Robert Royal
    The preparatory Synod that completes its first week of work today is something of a paradox. Previous Synods have actually released formal remarks as they were given, day by day. Reporters were able to sit in on the – often enough, quite boring – daily sessions. This one offers only one-page “summaries,” usually for two sessions per day, which largely relate uncontroversial generalities and don’t identify which speakers make the key points. (You can read yesterday’s here.). And yet the current event is being characterized as more “open.” It’s worth contemplating, in a fresh way, what “open” discussion in the...
  • Six miles from ISIS: A shockingly brave priest returns to Iraq

    10/09/2014 2:39:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | October 9, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Fr. Ghazwan Yousif Baho speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014. Credit: Giuseppe Di Molfetta/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 9, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Ghazwan Yousif Baho had the option to stay in Italy when he recently accompanied an elderly Iraqi couple to an audience with Pope Francis. But he has decided to go back because he can't leave his people. “One of them told me, 'Father, I saw you always from afar, but this week I found out who you are, and it has given me so much strength (to know) that you are a...

    10/09/2014 2:30:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 8, 2014 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    The Sisters of Mercy of Silver Spring, Maryland, have released a 2014 midterm election guide that urges voters to favor candidates who support amnesty, climate change, gun control, and Pentagon budget cuts.The election guide states: As sisters, associates, companions, co-workers, students, volunteers and friends of the Sisters of Mercy, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to vote for those candidates who share our concern for people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education; candidates who share the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concerns of Earth, immigration, nonviolence, racism and women. While this is not a presidential election...
  • Synod Day 4 – Do We Have Anything Urgent to Say?

    10/09/2014 5:46:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/9/14 | Robert Royal
    At a conference at the North American College (NAC) in Rome yesterday sponsored by Crux, the Boston Globe’s new Catholic website (video here), Australian Cardinal George Pell remarked that he was going to be a bit “ecclesiastically incorrect.” He noted the high level of trouble the family is in, not just in the developed countries, but around the world – and the quite difficult situations a conscientious bishop very quickly encounters. “I might also be tempted to hope that Christ had been a bit softer on divorce,” he concluded, “But He wasn’t. And I stick with Him.” Perhaps the most...
  • Family Synod: Doctrinal Chief Says Speeches Should be Published

    10/09/2014 4:14:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/9/14 | Staff Reporter
    The texts of speeches at the family synod should be released publicly, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told Salt and Light: “These interventions should be published as before. All Christians have the right to be informed about [the] intervention of their bishops.” He was speaking yesterday, on the third day of the synod, which will end on October 19.
  • Synod Day 3 – In Search of Effective Action – and Language

    10/08/2014 6:22:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/8/14 | Robert Royal
    And so, now the synod settles into the real work. But what is that work? One of the prominent stories to have come out of yesterday’s session (Tuesday) was that Jeff and Alice Heinzen, an American couple from La Crosse, Wisconsin, married for thirty-four years, told the pope and bishops that the Church is failing to deal with the collapse of the traditional family. Now, it’s news that a lay couple said this in a synod; but it’s hardly news to anyone, Catholic or not, that the family is in crisis, multiple crises. Or that the Church has failed to...
  • SHOCK! A Catholic bishop who speaks like – *gulp* – a Catholic bishop!

    10/08/2014 2:55:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 8, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    As you know, not to long ago Bp. Howard Hubbard was retired from his looooong tenure as Bishop of Albany. He was succeeded by Bp. Edward Scharfenberger.Recently Bp. Scharfenbeger gave a speech to an interfaith group in Albany. At least one Protestant didn’t like what he had to say.From the Times Union of Albany, NY. Rev. Sam Trumbore First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany [Unitarian Universalist... what is that, I wonder.]Bishop Scharfenberger’s after dinner speech last night at the Capital Region Theological Center Fall fundraising dinner seriously missed his audience and likely ruffled a few feathers in the interfaith, largely...
  • Synod Day 2 – “Openness,” Leaks, and Fear of Frankness

    10/08/2014 9:16:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/7/14 | Robert Royal
    The mood in Rome is – let’s just speak the truth – tense. According to one quite reliable source on site, it’s not only the “Ratzingerians” like Cardinal Burke who have been feeling an icy wind. It’s also more “moderate” Cardinals and members of the Curia who simply don’t know what to make of what’s going on. And fear what might happen if they say the “wrong” thing – difficult to avoid when things are so unclear. I reported on some of the pope’s harshness towards upholders of tradition in yesterday’s Synod Report, an odd homily that might be taken...
  • Why do so many liberals despise Christianity?

    10/08/2014 8:10:44 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | Oct. 8, 2014 | Damon Linker
    Liberals increasingly want to enforce a comprehensive, uniformly secular vision of the human good. And they see alternative visions of the good as increasingly intolerable.... Palmer... expresses "ambivalence," "suspicion," and "visceral discomfort" ... that these men and women are motivated to make "long-term commitments to address the health problems of poor Africans," to "risk their lives," and to accept poor compensation (and sometimes none at all) because of their Christian faith. The question is why he considers this a problem... Gordon College, a small Christian school north of Boston, is facing the possibility of having its accreditation revoked... In accordance...