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Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage; 15 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Children, and More! (2465)

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10/08/2015 Comment

Click on Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D., of O.S.V. Newsweekly link to read more.

Spiritual Infidelity: A Crisis in Catholic Marriage by Gregory K. Popcak, Ph.D., of O.S.V. Newsweekly - Big Pulpit

15 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Children – Katie Sciba, The Catholic Wife

Book Review: The Silmarillion and Tales from the Perilous Realm (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) – Stuart Dunn, Stuart's Study

The Four Mini-Gospels – Frank Rega, The Shield of Faith

Book Review: Bread from Heaven: English Eucharistic Motets – Peter Kwasniewski Ph.D., New Liturgical Movement

Recent Discoveries on the Origins of the Stabat Mater – Fr. Augustine Thompson O.P., New Liturgical Movement

Synod Update for Thursday Evening - Big Pulpit

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith – Liz...READ MORE

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Will California’s Assisted-Suicide Law Lead to Abuse? (1596)

The Golden State’s former seminarian/governor signed the End of Life Option Act into law on Oct. 5, to the dismay of pro-life groups and organizations for the disabled.

10/07/2015 Comments (12)
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California Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill in March 2015.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With the stroke of his pen, former Jesuit seminarian Jerry Brown made California the sixth state to allow physician-assisted suicide.

The California governor signed the End of Life Option Act on Oct. 5 to allow doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients.

In a letter to state lawmakers, Brown said that he considered the arguments on both sides, including the “theological and religious perspectives” that suicide is sinful, but the Democrat governor said he ultimately decided to sign the bill after reflecting on what he would want when faced with his own death.

“I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain,”...READ MORE

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The Catholic Church Will Survive: Putting Crises in Perspective (7097)

COMMENTARY: The reign of Pius VI shows the current anxiety about the synod is misplaced.

10/07/2015 Comments (40)

Pope Pius VI led the Church as the seeds of our current modernist culture were sprouting.

Over the past year I’ve seen Catholics claim that we are in a uniquely dangerous place in the history of the Church. Many call it a crisis that could tear the Church apart. Some are saying it’s the worst crisis in the history of the Church.

The source of this crisis: the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family and the proposed revisions to the Church’s handling of divorced-and-remarried Catholics.

As crises go, it’s something less than, say, the early persecutions, the investiture controversy, or the Reformation, but one of the defects of modernism is that man feels himself at the center of history, in unique times where epic battles are being waged for the very future of the Church....READ MORE

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Pope: Families Witness to God’s Love and Need Support of the Church (1064)

The Holy Father has begun new series of catechesis on the “indissoluble” relationship between the Church and the family, with the good of all humanity in mind, on Oct. 7.

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Massimo and Patrizia Paloni and their 12th child, 3-month-old Davide. The Palonis are auditors (observers) at the synod on the family.

– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Family rescues us from indifference and loneliness and teaches us the essentials of life, Pope Francis said, adding that, as the family of God, the Church has the same role and must evaluate how to live this out. 

“Like St. Peter, the Church is called to be a fisher of men, and so too needs a new type of net. Families are this net,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Oct. 7 general audience.

Families, he said, “free us from the sea of loneliness and indifference, so that we can all experience the freedom of being children of God.”

Pope Francis made his comments in his first general audience after the Oct. 4 launch of the Synod of Bishops, which is meeting for...READ MORE

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Ignatius Press and Its High-Profile Authors Still Inform Synod Debate (2035)

As the ordinary synod gets under way, a fresh batch of Ignatius titles are poised to inform the debate inside and outside the proceedings at the Vatican.

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SAN FRANCISCO — In October 2014, on the eve of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family at the Vatican, Ignatius Press organized a fast-track printing job for a new title, Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.

The book featured essays by Cardinal Raymond Burke and four other cardinals who defend Church discipline that bars divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics from receiving Communion.

In order to get the book out in time for the start of the 2014 synod, the publishing house printed hundreds of copies in Rome and then sent them to the mailboxes of synod participants.

But Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the synod,...READ MORE

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The Islamic Philosopher Every Catholic Should Know About, What Makes a Society Thrive and Much More! (2663)

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10/07/2015 Comment

Click on The Islamic Philosopher Every Catholic Should Know About by Ed West of Catholic Herald Magazine link to read more.

The Islamic Philosopher Every Catholic Should Know About by Ed West of Catholic Herald Magazine - Big Pulpit

What Makes a Society Thrive? – James Stoner and Harold James, Public Discourse

Prayer That Pleases God – Daniel Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Protecting the Pope: Insights from a Former Swiss Guard – John Paul Shimek, The Dispatch

Second Synod Update for Wednesday - Big Pulpit

Fox News Show Spotlights Cardinal Dolan, Dominican Sisters, and Franciscan University of Steubenville! – Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Synod on the Family Update for Wednesday - Big Pulpit

The Limits of Consent: What Is Truly Good for Us as Human Beings – Timothy Hsiao, Public Discourse


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Synod Day 2: Pope Affirms Doctrine on Marriage ‘Not Called Into Question’ (4909)

Pope Francis also stressed the synod must ‘not be influenced by one single subject’ and must consider the wide range of issues that affect contemporary families.

10/06/2015 Comments (7)
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Pope Francis says a prayer at the First General Congregation of the Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Vatican City on Oct. 5.

– © L'Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — An emphasis on finding a new language on issues relating to the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family figured highly at the opening discussions of the synod of the family, along with concerns over its new methodology and debate over how the Church should engage modern culture.

And Pope Francis again addressed the synod today, making two key points: First, Catholic doctrine on marriage was “not called into question” at the previous synod, and Church doctrine is “still valid.” But he also stressed that the synod must “not be influenced by one single subject” and instead take account of the wide range of issues raised. 

The Holy Father also underlined the “importance of...READ MORE

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Cardinal Erdo: The Church Must Offer ‘Project of God for Marriage and the Family’ (1813)

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.

– Daniel Ibanez/CNA

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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most eminent and excellent synod...READ MORE

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