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The Synod Fathers Speak 7: The Domestic Church

That term, domestic church, is thrown about quite a bit. What does that mean? A house in which a biological family prays? A subunit of the parish? A privilege of marriage, but what about baptism? This journey is sometimes a mountainous … Continue reading

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The Synod Fathers Speak 6: Generativity

We continue with the so-called “short” document from the synod. It is online is here, in English. In today’s paragraph, the bishops get it, and don’t buy in totally to the meme of Catholic laity as breeding stock: This love spreads through … Continue reading

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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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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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