The Synod on Synodality concluded its preparatory phase this week with the release of the planning document that will guide the October gathering of synod members. The document lays out what promises to be a wide-ranging discussion on Pope Francis’ vision of a more inclusive, decentralized and ‘listening’ church. Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl joins us with analysis. Then we hear from a young woman who converted from Judaism to Protestantism to Catholicism and now is witnessing to others the power of the Eucharist. Joanna Wischer shares her story.
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German Synodal Way Approves Same-Sex Blessings, Lay Preaching and Reexamination of Priestly Celibacy
Delegates to the Synodal Way also voted on Friday evening to delay addressing the establishment of synodal councils at the parish and diocesan level.
Who’s ‘Anti-Francis’? Bishop Paprocki and Others Point Out Cardinal McElroy’s Contradictions of the Holy Father
“I think it’s very convenient to try to hide behind Pope Francis and say, ‘Well, if you disagree with me, you’re really disagreeing with Pope Francis,’” the Illinois bishop told the Register. “But I think the reality is contrary to that.”
The annual Communion and Liberation-sponsored event was inspired by the question posed by the Psalmist, ‘Who am I that you care for me?’
Archaeological endeavors can be flashpoints in the deeply conflicted Holy Land, but some are hopeful that uncovering shared history can contribute to peace.
The Register has a new editor in chief. EWTN announced last month that Shannon Mullen will lead the 95-year-old National Catholic Register. Shannon joins us to talk about his dedication to journalism and his mission in Catholic media. Jeanette and Matthew also talk with Register Senior Editor Jonathan Liedl about the highlights of his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land and the ongoing strife in the region. And finally, we take another look at conflicting concepts of synod that continue to cause tension in the Church.
Whether through a reconsideration of his theology or via his possible heavenly intercession, German Catholics who attended the late pope’s funeral see a big role for the Bavarian native in their country’s ongoing ecclesial crisis.
What were the high and low points of 2022? What developments will continue into 2023 — and beyond? And what New Year’s resolution should the whole Church make?
ANALYSIS: In contrast to the way synodality has been exploited in places like Germany, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis synod’s aim hasn’t been to dilute the Gospel, but to enhance Catholics’ ability to live and witness to it.
In addition to public comments on the Synod on Synodality from the papal nuncio, the USCCB’s outgoing president and its doctrinal head, the bishops are believed to have selected four delegates to next year’s Synod of Bishops in Rome.