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Cardinal Erdo: The Church Must Offer ‘Project of God for Marriage and the Family’ (1538)

Full text of Cardinal Peter Erdo's introductory speech to the synod fathers on Oct. 5.

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A smartphone view of the first day of the ordinary synod on the family, Oct. 5.

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VATICAN CITY — On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 synod on the family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, the synod's relator general, gave an introductory speech to the synod fathers. Drawing from the working document for the synod as well as recent magisterial documents, Cardinal Erdo surveyed the work the assembly is called to do. He examined current challenges to the family and marriage, the vocation of the family and the family's mission today.

The full text of his prepared remarks was published in Italian on the Vatican's website. Please find below CNA's English translation of the entirety of his remarks:



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Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Assisted-Suicide Bill, Despite Strong Opposition (1244)

‘This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy,’ said Californians Against Assisted Suicide.

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LOS ANGELES — After months of debate and strong opposition, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into a law a bill enabling doctors to prescribe drugs that will end the lives of terminally ill patients.

“This is a dark day for California and for the Brown legacy,” said Californians Against Assisted Suicide. The group warned in an Oct. 5 statement that people and families in the state could be harmed “by giving doctors the power to prescribe lethal overdoses to patients.”

With the passage of the law, California will become the fifth state allowing ill patients to end their lives. Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington also allow assisted suicide, while similar bills have been...READ MORE

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Of African Family Values and the Synod (1153)

An Interview With Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel

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Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, 67, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is primate of the Ethiopian Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic Church in communion with Rome.

Born in 1948, Berhaneyesus Souraphiel was ordained to the priesthood on July 4, 1976, and consecrated a bishop on Jan. 25, 1998. On Feb. 14, Pope Francis elevated him to the rank of cardinal. He is also a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral of Immigrants and Itinerants.

Bishop Tsegaye Keneni Derera, apostolic vicar of Soddo, will represent Ethopia and Eritrea at the 14th Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, taking place Oct. 4-25 in Rome. Bishop Markos...READ MORE

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Cardinal’s Emphatic Defense of Church Teaching Marks Day 1 of Synod (5462)

Cardinal Peter Erdö, the synod’s general relator, underlined the indissolubility of marriage in his opening remarks.

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Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Peter Erdo of Hungary as arrives for the afternoon session of the synod on the family on Oct. 6.

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VATICAN CITY — The first full day of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family was dominated by the introductory address of the synod’s general relator, Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdö, who reasserted much of the Church’s traditional teaching and cast doubt on the prospect of a controversial proposal to readmit civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion.

The proposal, first raised by German Cardinal Walter Kasper at a consistory in February 2014 and which uses the practice of Eastern Orthodox Churches as a template, was one of the most controversial issues at last year’s extraordinary synod on the family. The current gathering, which runs until Oct. 25 and is being attended by 279...READ MORE

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The Folly of Cardinal Schönborn’s Lifestyle Ecumenism, Scrap New Annulment Regs and More! (3798)

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Click on The Folly of Cardinal Schönborn’s Lifestyle Ecumenism by Michael Pakaluk of First Things link to read more.

The Folly of Cardinal Schönborn’s Lifestyle Ecumenism by Michael Pakaluk of First Things - Big Pulpit

Scrap the New Annulment Rules – Fr. Gerald E. Murray, The Catholic Thing

Three Virtues For A Happier Family Life and a Better Relationship with God – Annie Deddens, Catholic Stand

A Response to Janet Smith’s Benign Reading of Paragraph 137 – David S. Crawford & Stephan Kampowksi, First Things

The Catholic Faith on an Island. . .50 Years Ago – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

Synod Update for Monday - Big Pulpit (October 5, 2015)

Book Review: 16 Marriages That Made History – Stuart Dunn, Stuart’s Study

What Pope Francis Does the Other 95% – Mel West, Epic Pew

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Why Outreach to the Divorced Is the Catholic Way (2312)

Bearing one another’s burdens is vital.

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Louisa Levine went through a divorce after 31 years of Catholic marriage, following the tragic loss of a son. Rather than seek comfort in the culture of divorce, she trusted in God. “We can find happiness and peace in suffering and in what our life has dealt us,” she said.

Levine discovered the writings of Msgr. Cormac Burke, a priest of the Roman Rota, including Covenanted Happiness: Love and Commitment in Marriage: “It is Our Lord who is in effect saying to that person: ‘You can separate from your husband or your wife. But do not separate from me. You may feel you can no longer be happy with your partner. But you can be happy with me. Be faithful to what I ask of you. Try to administer...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Warns: Don’t Politicize the Synod (2192)

‘The synod’ is the Church journeying together ‘to interpret reality with the eyes of faith and the heart of God,’ the Holy Father told participants.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis opened the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family with a reminder that it's not a forum whereby leaders come to an agreement, but a journey of openness to the Holy Spirit and “apostolic courage” against worldly temptations that can lead people away from the truth.

“The synod is not a conference or a parlor, nor is it a parliament or a senate where we come to an agreement,” he said. Rather, it is the Church journeying together “to interpret reality with the eyes of faith and the heart of God.”

Addressing the synod fathers on the first day of talks of the three-week gathering, the Pope said participants must “assume apostolic courage of evangelical  humility and...READ MORE

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Striving for a Better Understanding of ‘Dignitatis Humanae’ (1693)

Scholars at an October conference will meet in the birthplace of St. Benedict to search for answers on the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council declaration.

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Dominican Father Thomas Crean

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Dominican Father Thomas Crean, a member of the Priory of St. Michael the Archangel in England, says many Catholics today erroneously believe we should no longer seek to build a Catholic society — that that notion belongs to the past.

But if that were true, where would that leave the social kingship of Christ — the teaching that Pius XI emphasized when he instituted the feast of Christ the King — that Our Lord must reign over both individuals and nations?

This is just one of the questions to be tackled at an Oct. 30-Nov. 1 colloquium of scholars from around the world to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on religious freedom, Dignitatis Humanae.

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