Cardinal Pell: Many Synod Fathers Still Concerned About Drafting Committee Composition

10/12/2015 Comments (4)

In a statement released this evening, a spokesman for Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, has said the cardinal is aware that "concerns remain" among "many synod fathers" about the composition of the drafting committee of the final relatio of the Ordinary Synod on the Family.

The cardinal is also aware that concerns remain about the process by which the final relatio will be presented to the synod fathers, and voting on the document, the statement reads. 

The communique follows reports that a number of cardinals signed a letter to the Pope on the first day of the synod last week, voicing such concerns.

The Pope sought to allay their apprehensions in...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: Synods Originally Meant to Preserve and Strengthen Doctrine and Discipline

10/12/2015 Comments (10)

Cardinal Raymond Burke speaking at the Angelicum, Sept. 30.

In the face of concerns that after the Synod on the Family pastoral innovations could be introduced that are inconsistent with Church doctrine and thereby foster disunity in the Church, it’s worth recalling a speech Cardinal Raymond Burke made in Rome shortly before the current synod got underway.

Speaking at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome Sept. 30, the patron of the Knights of Malta underlined not only the Church’s two millennia teaching on marriage, but also reminded those present of the true purpose of synods in preserving doctrine and discipline.

Synods, he stressed, have “no authority to change doctrine and discipline”, adding that their nature is stated...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gadecki: Reducing Theology to Sociology Has No Future

10/09/2015 Comments (11)

The president of the Polish bishops' conference has underlined that marriage is between a man and a woman, that justice and mercy are “inseparably bound”, and that a modern tendency to reduce theology to sociology “has no future.” 

In a recent, lengthy and hard-hitting EWTN-Germany interview, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki also said gender ideology can best be countered by Church doctrine, that the media’s portrayal of marriage and family “is a tragedy”, and that movies and television can often, inadvertently, destroy marriage.

Speaking last week just ahead of the Synod on the Family, he further stated that if one loses any notion of sin, “then practically every attitude is good” and...READ MORE

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Synod Interventions of Archbishops Kurtz and Chaput

10/09/2015 Comments (30)

Here below are the complete texts of the “expanded intervention” released by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, Ky., and president of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, and that of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia.

The two American synod fathers, who made their interventions public in accordance with the synod rules, gave their three minute interventions in the opening sessions of the Synod on the Family that runs until Oct. 25.

Archbishop Kurtz’s intervention:

My Hope for the Synod: Calling Forth and Forming Missionary Families in Christ

“In one of Pope Francis’ weekly reflections on marriage and the family leading up to the synod on the family, he...READ MORE

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Questions Raised Again About Official Synod Briefings

10/07/2015 Comments (47)

At a Vatican press conference on the synod yesterday, language attachés for the meeting highlighted a number of subjects that appeared to take precedent in the opening debates.

To take the English language attaché, Father Thomas Rosica, as an example, he placed a special emphasis on the need to end “exclusionary language” saying a synod father, (or was it synod fathers?) said the Church should “embrace reality as it is and not be afraid of new and complex situations.”

Father Rosica was particularly focused on “homosexuals or gay persons,” saying “we don’t pity gay persons, but we recognize them for who they are — they are our sons and daughters and brothers and neighbors and colleagues.”...READ MORE

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Head of Polish Bishops: No Compromise Between Truth and Untruth

Polish laity also issue appeal to synod fathers to uphold the Church's teaching on marriage and the family.

10/06/2015 Comments (17)

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops' conference.

The head of Poland’s bishops has given a lengthy and hard-hitting interview in which he upholds the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family, voices his opposition to Church decentralization, and calls gender ideology worse than Communism.

In the interview broadcast on EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki said that the Church “can’t sing with 100 different voices as postmodernity would like it to.”

“If the Church were to teach 10 or 100 doctrines,” he added, “she would break apart into 100 churches, but the Church is one, catholic and apostolic.”

The archbishop, who is one of three Polish bishops attending the Oct. 4-25 Ordinary Synod, was responding to comments made earlier...READ MORE

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Archbishop Kurtz: Erdö's Speech Gave Good, Substantial Direction

10/06/2015 Comments (4)

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the US Catholic bishops, sat down for a brief chat with the Register at the end of the first day of the Ordinary Synod on the Family. 

The Archbishop of Louisville, KY, shared his first impressions of the meeting, possible problems with the new methodology, and how he valued Cardinal Peter Erdo's introductory relatio for the synod. He also echoed the Pope's words that the synod isn't a parliament but a communion of bishops which allows a "certain level of trust." 

Your Excellency, what have been your first impressions of the synod?

Basically positive. I’m entering the synod with a very spiritual mindset. The Holy Father is basically saying to all of...READ MORE

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Pope Francis' Homily at Opening Mass of Synod on the Family

10/04/2015 Comments (6)

Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis

Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Opening of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

“If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us” (1 Jn 4:12).

This Sunday’s Scripture readings seem to have been chosen precisely for this moment of grace which the Church is experiencing: the Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family, which begins with this Eucharistic celebration. The readings centre on three themes: solitude, love between man and woman, and the family.


Adam, as we heard in the first reading, was living in the Garden of Eden.  He named all the other creatures as a sign of his...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin