Cardinal Urosa's Synod Intervention: Father Embraced Prodigal Son Only When He Returned Home

Intervention upholds teaching on access to the Eucharist, draws on the teachings of scripture and past popes.

10/16/2015 Comments (3)

Here below is the full text of the intervention at the Synod on the Family of Cardinal Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, Archbishop of Caracas, given on Oct. 15.

The session was devoted to the third, and most contentious, part of the Instrumentum Laboris.

In his intervention, Cardinal Urosa firmly upholds the Church's teaching on access to the Eucharist, drawing on the Gospels, the catechism, the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and the final document of the 5th Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops written by then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio.     

"Mercy invites the sinner and it becomes forgiveness when one repents and changes one’s life," Cardinal Urosa...READ MORE

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Pope Asks Forgiveness for Church Scandals; Questions Raised About Cardinal Danneels

10/14/2015 Comments (36)

Cardinal Godfried Dannels

Pope Francis today asked for forgiveness for scandals that have taken place in the Church, the Vatican and also in the city of Rome.

Before beginning his catechesis at his weekly general audience, in which he underlined the need to remain loyal to the promises we give to our children, the Holy Father said:

“In the name of the Church, I would like to ask you for forgiveness for the scandals that have happened in these recent times, whether in Rome or in the Vatican, for which I ask forgiveness.”

A slew of scandals have plagued the Church and the Vatican over the past few years, including most obviously the clerical sex abuse crisis, but also scandals over Vatican finances, and the...READ MORE

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Anglophone Small Group Summaries on 2nd Part of Instrumentum Laboris

10/14/2015 Comment

Here below are the summaries released today from the four English language "circoli minori" (small groups) of the Ordinary Synod on the Family. The groups have been looking at the second part of the Instrumentum Laboris.

The second section is headed "Discernment of the Family Vocation" and includes subjects such as the indissolubility of marriage as a "gift and task", the family in God's "salvific plan", and the "family and Church life." 


Relatio – Circulus Anglicus “A”

Moderator: Card. PELL George

Relator: S.E. Mons. KURTZ Joseph Edward

In Jesus, the fulfilment of God’s revelation, the family uncovers its calling within the universal call to holiness. For the disciple of Jesus,...READ MORE

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Cardinal Sarah: ISIS and Gender Ideology Are Like 'Apocalyptic Beasts'

Full text of synod intervention reveals the cardinal spoke of need to proclaim beauty of monogamy and family and called for more respect and transparency among synod fathers.

10/12/2015 Comments (30)

In his synod intervention given last week, Cardinal Robert Sarah said the idolatry of Western freedom and Islamic fundamentalism are "almost like two apocalyptic beasts” and similar to Nazism and Communism. 

The Guinean cardinal also called on the Church to proclaim the "transforming power of faith and the Gospel" clearly and without fear. 

According to the full text of his intervention (see below), given to the Register and Aleteia, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship said “we find ourselves between gender ideology and ISIS”.

Islamic massacres and libertarian demands “regularly contend for the front pages of the newspapers”, he said, and pointed to June 26 this year....READ MORE

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

10/12/2015 Comments (5)

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 (19)

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 (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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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