Questionable Aspects of the Synod on the Family

10/07/2014 Comments (55)
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Vatican briefing on the Synod, Tuesday 7 October 2014.

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The Extraordinary Synod on the Family enters its third day of discussions tomorrow and so far, much has gone as expected. Plenty of debate has already taken place about how to make the Church, and the Church’s teaching on marriage and family life, more attractive.

According to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the atmosphere has been lighthearted, enjoyable and conducive to the free and open debates desired by Pope Francis.

But the material, disseminated by the Holy See press office, is causing some concern: many of the interventions, for example, appear to seek reconciliation with the way the world sees the Church (one speaker reportedly said the Church should "show friendship towards the...READ MORE

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Father Benedict Groeschel's Funeral Arrangements & UPDATE

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Share Schedule

10/07/2014 Comments (16)
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UPDATE: EWTN will air domestically a special Sunday Night Prime program — A Tribute to Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, CFR —  on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 8:00 pm Eastern, repeated on Monday, Oct. 13, at 2:00 am and 9:00 am Eastern.

Sitting down with host Father Andrew Apostoli to honor the holy life and charitable ministry lived out by the beloved Father Groeschel with be members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Father Glenn Sudano and Brother Shawn Conrad O’Conner, and Sister Lucille Cutrone, community servant of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.

Specific details for Father Benedict Groeschel’s two-day wake and funeral Mass are now in place.

The Franciscan Friars of the...READ MORE

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Believe It Or Not, Having Ten Kids Changes You

10/07/2014 Comments (31)

Autumn is a naturally nostaligic time of year, when we think back on the past, take stock of how far we have come and how much has changed. Myself, I'm thinking back a good 16-17 years, when I was pregnant with my first child. And yes indeed, a lot has changed since then. I've gone from a little slip of a premip to a grand (even "great grand" in some places) multipara of (argh) advanced maternal age, and what a long, strange trip it's been. Here are a few differences that leap to mind:
 

Baby #1: Ooh, I can't wait until tomorrow, when I will be 172 days pregnant! I remember back when I was only 163 days pregnant.  Boy, that was a week to remember. So much has changed! 

Baby #10: I must be...READ MORE

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Christian Marriage Hates Poor People

10/07/2014 Comments (51)

In the lead up to the Synod, we have had to endure many dumb things said by those trying to justify changes to immutable teaching. We have had those who have tried to change history, or put God's mercy in opposition to His Justice. You know the drill.

But leave it to an Assistant Theology professor at Catholic *ahem* Villanova to say the single dumbest thing so far about marriage.

Katie Grimes, writing at "Women In Theology" gives this advice to the Bishops in advance of the Synod.

Bishops ought to also listen to those critics who point out that marriage also accords disproportionate benefits to the well to do. Marriage, they claim, is not just about sex and love and children and...READ MORE

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What's missing from the book of Acts? More than you might think!

10/06/2014 Comments (9)

What’s missing from the book of Acts? More than you might think!

The book of Acts does not tell us the full story of early Church history. It provides only partial information.

This is obvious from the fact that it just covers the period between A.D. 33 and 60, when it suddenly stops (providing us an important clue to when it was written).

Even within that time frame, though, it is only a partial record . . .

 

The How Many Apostles?

For example, the book of Acts tracks the activities of three individuals:

  • Peter (ch.s 1-6, 9-12)
  • Philip (ch. 8)
  • Paul (ch.s 9, 11, 13-28)

That gives us a big clue about who Luke’s main sources were in composing the book for those parts that he didn’t personally witness (the so-called “we” passages later in the...READ MORE

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In the Breaking of the Bread

10/05/2014 Comments (13)

A woman I know once suffered amnesia. One morning, her surroundings suddenly looked strange and she found she could not recognize her house or remember where she lived. Fumbling for the phone she tried desperately to call somebody for help. However, try as she might, she could not even remember the phone number of her best friend.

At this point something remarkable happened: Lifting the handset on the phone she found that her hand knew which numbers to press though her brain was at a loss to verbalize them. So she got through to her friend and was able to get help.

I think of this story sometimes when people speak of ritual or liturgy as a meaningless "going through the motions." For many...READ MORE

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Making Confirmation Engaging: Lessons From Chris Stefanick and Chosen

10/04/2014 Comments (2)

As a confirmation catechist and program leader, I am always looking for great resources. Our parish has never found anything that works completely and totally. We have a program we use, sort of, but it comes down to a team approach of tapping into resources, pulling together what this year’s candidates are asking about in their interviews and letting the Holy Spirit work through us.

Even so, knowing that there’s probably no program that will meet all the unique needs of our program, I took some time to sit down with Ascension Press’ new Chosen confirmation program.

It is, in a word, “incredible.” I think it has a place with many parishes and programs. It’s essentially a toolbox, and it’s...READ MORE

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Father Benedict Groeschel Dies at 81

10/04/2014 Comments (49)

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The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have announced that Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., has died at the age of 81.

The co-founder of the order passed away on October 3rd at 11 PM, the vigil of the feast of St. Francis.

The Cardinal Newman Society reported on their facebook page earlier this week that Father Groeschel had taken a fall and reinjured the same arm that was hurt in his accident ten years ago. One of his brother friars, Father Glenn Sudano, said that Father Groeschel was in much pain.

The Friars were founded in 1987 by Father Groeschel and seven other Capuchin friars: Father Stan Fortuna, Father Robert Stanion, Father Glenn Sudano, Father Bob Lombardo, and Father Andrew...READ MORE

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