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Synod ‘Relatio’ Document Only a Working Document (2722)

Church teachings on same-sex ‘marriage’ and other issues haven’t changed, despite sensationalist headlines claiming a major shift in doctrine.

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VATICAN CITY — The Catholic blogosphere exploded Monday after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family released a document summarizing last week’s discussion.

But while the relatio post disceptationem, which means “report after debate,” has been fodder for sensational headlines claiming a major shift in doctrine, the report is only a beginning, working document of the Church.

The relatio, as it’s called, simply takes the topics and comments made during the last week of the synod and attempts to summarize and organize them into categories. The official teaching document of the synod will not be released until well after the Ordinary Synod of Bishops, which is scheduled to take...READ MORE

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New Womb-Transplant Technology Offers Progress — and a Warning (2858)

Father Tad Pacholczyk explained that while the number of couples who could benefit from this therapy ‘is relatively small,' the transplant itself opens up the possibility for a new morally acceptable therapy.

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WASHIGNTON — The first successful birth to a woman who had undergone a womb transplant highlights both opportunities resulting from new technology and the need for caution, said a Catholic bioethics expert.

“The womb can be recognized as an organ that serves a particular function,” explained Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education for the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

He told CNA on Oct. 10 that the transplantation of a healthy womb to a woman who lacks a womb because of birth defects or disease can be licit and “would be analogous to a situation where a kidney fails to function” and a donor provides a healthy organ to someone in need.

Women can lose function of wombs...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: ‘The Truths of the Faith Have Not Changed’ (18688)

The prefect of the Vatican’s highest court doesn’t mince words in discussing the Synod of Bishops on the family.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke, the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican’s highest court), is known for his straight talk and ardent orthodoxy to the Catholic faith.

A participant in the ongoing Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, Cardinal Burke, along with Cardinals Gerhard Müller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Walter Brandmüller, president emeritus of the Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences; Carlo Caffarra,  archbishop of Bologna, Italy; and Velasio De Paolis, president emeritus of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See, wrote Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic...READ MORE

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Photos from Inside the Vatican Secret Archives, Perversity of Righteousness and Much More. . . (2921)

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Serious Reservations Expressed About Content of Synod Report (10115)

Critics noted potentially problematic comments about several issues, including homosexuality, contraception, cohabitation and reception of Communion.

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Bishop attend a session of the synod on the family at the Vatican on Oct. 10.

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VATICAN CITY — The publication today of the midway report on the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family is a “great moment” that has “mirrored the extent” of discussion so far, delegate president Cardinal Anthony Tagle of the Philippines has said.

But prominent Catholic observers have criticized the document as a “betrayal” of Catholic parents worldwide and as a misrepresentation of Catholicism, as well as for giving the impression that the Church’s teaching is open to change in a number of controversial areas.

The theme of the two-week synod is “The Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” Delivering the almost 6,000-word relatio post disceptationem...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops: Mandate Tweak Still Doesn’t Respect Religious Freedom (1575)

Last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ legal counsel detailed their criticisms of the most recent changes to the HHS contraception mandate.

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WASHINGTON — Despite another wave of changes to the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, the U.S. bishops’ conference says that the regulation still fails to respect religious freedom.  

“[T]he mandate continues to substantially burden the religious liberty of stakeholders with religious objections to the mandated coverage,” said Anthony Picarello and Michael Moses, general counsel and associate general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Because it does not further a compelling government interest by the means least restrictive of religious exercise, the mandate continues to violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” they stated in Oct. 8 comments to the Department...READ MORE

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IUDs for Teens Don’t Empower, They Endanger, Critics Say (2520)

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics said that long-term birth control, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) or progestin implants, is the best method for reducing teen pregnancy in the United States.

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Marie Hilliard of the National Catholic Bioethics Center

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WASHINGTON — Medical professionals criticized the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent recommendation that long-term contraceptives are the best way for teen girls to avoid pregnancy, saying that it sends an unhealthy message.

“It’s not an empowering message to the young woman. It’s a message that’s indicating to her, ‘We know you cannot protect yourself by having good lifestyle choices,’” Marie Hilliard of the National Catholic Bioethics Center told CNA Oct. 6.

The American Academy of Pediatrics just released an updated policy statement on contraception for adolescent girls, saying that long-term birth control, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) or progestin implants, is the best...READ MORE

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Christian Club Wins Right to Form at Long Island Public School (3286)

School officials backed off from their second attempt to ban a Christian club after being told they would face a religious-liberty lawsuit.

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Members of the student Christian club at Ward Melville High School in Setauket, N.Y.

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EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. — A group of high-school students now has the right to form a Christian club at the students’ Long Island public school, after school officials decided at the 11th hour to approve it rather than to fight a legal battle.

Officials at Ward Melville High School on Long Island have allowed the Students United in Faith (SUIF) club to register as an official club on campus, reversing its second decision to ban the club within a year.

“The Three Village School District has decided to reinstate the Students United in Faith club, effective immediately,” said Cheryl Pedisich, superintendent of Three Village School District, in a statement provided to the Register.

“All parties...READ MORE

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