Synod Interventions of Archbishops Kurtz and Chaput

10/09/2015 Comments (47)

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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'The Pope Has the Final Word' - An Assessment of the New Synod Rules

10/03/2015 Comments (23)


After the chicanery of last year’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, the Vatican has clearly been taking steps, on paper at least, to make the larger and longer Ordinary Synod that begins on Sunday more transparent and less open to manipulation. 

Various officials, synod fathers and observers had been expressing private concerns that the three-week synod, which acts as a consultative body for the Holy Father, will lack transparency.

Some of those concerns remain, in addition to some new ones (these are listed below), but some novelties, announced at a Vatican briefing on Friday, have been introduced that mark an improvement on last year’s meeting. These are:

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Vatican Dismisses CDF Official After Admitting to Being Actively Homosexual

10/03/2015 Comments (6)

Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa

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The Vatican has dismissed an official working in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith after he announced he was living in a homosexual relationship and wished to change the catechism’s teaching on homosexuality.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said:

“With regard to the declarations and interview given by Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa it should be observed that, notwithstanding the respect due to the events and personal situations, and reflections on the issue, the decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the Synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the Synod assembly to undue...READ MORE

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Vatican Issues More Detailed Statement on Pope's Meeting With Kim Davis

10/02/2015 Comments (61)

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi SJ this morning issued the following statement regarding the meeting of Pope Francis and Kim Davis at the Nunciature in Washington, DC:

"The brief meeting between Mrs. Kim Davis and Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature in  Washington, DC has continued to provoke comments and discussion.  In order to contribute to an objective understanding of what transpired I am able to clarify the following points:

Pope Francis met with several dozen persons who had been invited by the Nunciature to greet him as he prepared to leave Washington for New York City. Such brief greetings occur on all papal visits and are due to the Pope’s characteristic...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