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The Synod Fathers Speak 5: Path and Miracle

For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. As of early this morning, the full document is still unavailable in English. Some more lovely language; whoever is responsible should be writing more official stuff for the Vatican: … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 4: “Light of a Wedding Story”

For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. *** There is also the evening light behind the windowpanes in the houses of the cities, in modest residences of suburbs and villages, and even in mere shacks, which … Continue reading

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Free Speech Is The Earthquake

David Gibson on the synod: Amid all the lobbying and armchair analysis, it’s important to step back and realize that in the three decades before Francis was elected pope, bishops, priests and theologians could have been investigated, censured, silenced or … Continue reading

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Aparecida 87 – Ice Fields

I was surprised to find the bishops writing about ice fields. But both Chile and Argentina have recognized claims on parts of Antartica, as well as some disputed claims. Their concerns about shrinking ice fields, which they relate to global … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 3: Burdens and Difficulties

I applaud the bishops for addressing that many of the challenges to the modern family are not obstacles of their own making. Paragraphs six through nine of the “short” document address these problems, if not in all particulars, with a hopeful … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 2: Christ Enters

The “short” document is online is here, in English. We’re taking a few paragraphs a day from it. The fourth sets the stage for a series of challenges that follow: We offer you the words of Christ: “Behold, I stand at … Continue reading

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Aparecida 85-86 — The Amazon

The Amazon basin is one of the most ecologically rich regions of the earth and has been called the “lungs of the earth.” However, as the bishops note in paragraph 85, citing Pope Benedict XVI, the devastation wreaked on the … Continue reading

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