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How the ‘Shadow Council’ is Trying to Influence the Synod on the Family

The ideas of the European bishops who endorse approval of contraception, homosexual acts, and Communion for the divorced-and-remarried were reflected in the German-speaking group report.

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At Synod, Cardinals’ Letter Controversy and Doctrinal Issues Take Center Stage

Following a relatively calm initial week, the synodal discussions took on a somewhat edgier tone on Oct. 12

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Cardinal Pell on Synod Letter: ‘List of Signatories Is Wrong, So Is Content’

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.

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Converts Light the Way for the Synod on the Family


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Cardinal Dolan,12 Others Reportedly Wrote to Pope Concerned About the Synod

The Oct. 5 letter, leaked to the public by veteran Vatican watcher Sandro Magister, expresses, in part, their concern that excess attention is being given to doctrinal and theological debates rather than reinforcing the dignity of marriage and the family.

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Understating the Marriage ‘Commitment’

COMMENTARY: The better term for communicating the reality of marriage is to think about it in terms of “irreplaceability.” Marriage is the free choice of a man and a woman to make themselves irreplaceable to each other.

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Family Synod 2015: An Uncertain Process With an Unknown Outcome

As week one ends, the outcome of the synod might actually be less clear than it was at the outset.

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Yard Statues Offer Reminders of Mary

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