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Seminary: Where Priests Prepare to Serve Families (4482)

Catholic seminaries have improved overall in educating priests, but more is needed to assist them in facing complex pastoral questions.

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Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on May 12.

– Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

WASHINGTON — New priests in the modern era are confronting an ever-widening array of challenges to marriage and family life, and their seminary education and formation is critical to preparing them to be good shepherds to their flocks.

But how are seminaries preparing priests to minister to such modern challenges?

The preparatory document for the synods on the family noted that many Catholics do not know the Church’s positive teachings on openness to life, conjugal love, parenthood and human nature; it suggested that priestly formation has contributed to the lack of knowledge.

“[T]he responses suggest including the subject in the seminary formation of future priests, given that priests...READ MORE

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Houston Accused of Launching ‘Witch Hunt’ Against Pastors (3115)

The Houston City Council has come under fire for a subpoena against local pastors who object to a bill that bans sex-assigned bathrooms.

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Houston Mayor Annise Parker

– Wikipedia

HOUSTON — City officials in Houston have filed a subpoena against local pastors over a lawsuit regarding a bill that would do away with sex-assigned restrooms.

After citizens filed a lawsuit against the city of Houston for failing to accept petitions for the repeal of the controversial “bathroom bill,” allowing members of each sex to use each other’s restrooms, the city has subpoenaed sermons and internal church communications of local pastors, some of whom are not even a part of the lawsuit.

“City council members are supposed to be public servants, not ‘Big Brother’ overlords who will tolerate no dissent or challenge,” Alliance Defending Freedom senior legal counsel Erik Stanley said...READ MORE

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Diocesan Synods Offer Opportunities for Catholic Church Renewal (2020)

Catholics may be unfamiliar with diocesan synods, as opposed to their counterparts in the universal Church.

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Bishop Frank Caggiano opens the synod for the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., in September.

– 2014synod.org

MILWAUKEE — Although many Catholics are familiar with synods convened in Rome, some are unfamiliar with those held at the diocesan level.

While select bishops from around the world are finishing up the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family at the Vatican, several U.S. bishops are convening their own synods at home.

They’re following the direction of Pope Francis, who told them, on June 29, “Synodality should be lived at various levels.” Synods offer a way the Church can renew herself, encouraging ongoing institutional and personal renewal. Through them, we learn that “we must walk together: the people, the bishops and the pope.”

But what happens at a...READ MORE

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The Top 15 Youth Group Clichés, Why the Pope of the Poor Thinks Marriage Matters and Much More! (3989)

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Why the Pope of the Poor Thinks Marriage Matters - Karee Santos, Catholic Lane

Being Globally Generous – Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Front Row With Pope Francis: Charisms in the Church – Deborah Gaudino, Catholic Lane

Some Basic Facts & Clarifications about the Angels by Msgr. Charles Popes – BigPulpit.com

A Mother Decided to Homeschool Her Son; Light Bulb Went On – John Clark, Seton Magazine

Gone With the Wind & Proud Contemporary Ignorance – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Buddhism & the ‘Conversion’ Before my Conversion – Benjamin Mann, Catholic Exchange

Synod on the Family Debate Heats Up -...READ MORE

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Accompanying Unaccompanied Refugee Children (3304)

The Catholic Church takes a lead role in assisting minors who are designated as refugees and brought to the U.S. without parents or adult relatives.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents escort unaccompanied minors and immigrant families from El Salvador after they crossed the Rio Grande illegally into the United States on July 24 in Mission, Texas.

– John Moore/Getty Images

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nearly half of the world’s refugees are children, many of whom have lost parents to war or been abandoned by their families.

“These kids are all alone in the world. They’re alone in the refugee camps. They’re not safe where they are,” said Steve Hicken, the division director of economic development services for Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County in California.

Hicken’s agency, affiliated with the Diocese of San Jose, is currently helping dozens of minors who were designated as refugees and brought over to the United States when it was determined that they did not have any parents or adult relatives to care for them. Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County is one...READ MORE

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Bishops Indicate Move Towards Rewrite of Synod ‘Relatio’ (9133)

Synod fathers raised their concern in 41 open interventions, which highlighted the report's absence of the word “sin,” the 'gospel of family' and some perhaps-naive sentences of the document that could be subject to misinterpretation.

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CNA/Daniel Ibáñ

Press conference at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 15.

– CNA/Daniel Ibáñ

VATICAN CITY — As the synod fathers’ small groups continue to meet, it seems increasingly clear that the Synod of Bishops’ relatio synodi (concluding document) will be substantially different than the midterm relatio that was released Monday.

The relatio synodi is called to mirror the concerns and proposals raised during the small-group discussions this week, in which bishops have been grouped according to language.

After the issuance of the midterm report, the synod fathers raised their concern in 41 open talks, which highlighted the absence of the word “sin,” the absence of the "gospel of Family" and some perhaps-naive sentences of the document that could be subject to...READ MORE

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Maronite Synod Delegate: Family Issues Facing Catholics Are Not All Universal (2386)

In Lebanon, divorce and remarriage is not as prominent as it is in Europe and North America, so there is less focus on care for those types of situations.

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Selim and Rita El Khoury, Lebanese auditors to the synod on the family, speak to CNA Oct. 9.

– CNA/Daniel Ibañez

VATICAN CITY — The synod of bishops on the family has provided an opportunity for people to bring up issues concerning marriage and family life facing Catholics around the world, but as one auditor has noted, not all of those issues are the same.

Selim and Rita El Khoury, spouses who are coordinators of the Pastoral Office of Marriage and Family in the Maronite Patriarchate in Lebanon, had the opportunity to participate as auditors in the synod, and they said that, although many issues are being discussed, not all of them apply to Catholics worldwide.

For example, family issues plaguing Catholics in Africa, such as polygamy, are not necessarily the same issues facing Catholics in Asia.


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Battles in the Church and How You Can Help (8668)


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Russian icon depicting the First Council of Nicaea

– Wikimedia Commons

The family today is in crisis. There is a failure of couples to get married (cohabitation), a failure to have children (contraceptive mentality), a failure to stay married (divorce) and a failure to even understand what marriage is — as the debate over “gay marriage” illustrates.

What’s worse, these are only a few of the crises facing marriage.

Among other threats, there is an alarming number of invalid marriages, including those that result from Catholics contracting a merely civil marriage — either the first time they marry or when they want to remarry without an annulment.

And these are just the direct threats. Then there are all the other ones: poverty, drug-and-alcohol abuse, poor...READ MORE

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