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Natural Law, Language, and the Family

I won’t be dissecting the Instrumentum Laboris for the October synod with the same thoroughness we’ve treated other documents here. But I do plan to drop in a post every few days on aspects that strike me, especially on liturgy … Continue reading

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Heading To The Synod, Already Deficient

October’s Synod’s preliminary document, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization is up. This is the working document the bishops and other participants will draw from as they discuss the interplay between families, faith, and the all-important … Continue reading

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Families and an Instrument

Rocco whispered from the loggia some general thoughts from Archbishop Kurtz from the USCCB meeting. He revealed some broad details from the reports he compiled from various dioceses and sent on to Rome. The synod leaders have asked these reports … Continue reading

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Who Consults on Family?

The president-emeritus of Ireland speaks out on the upcoming synod on the family: (Mary) McAleese questioned the idea of people “who have decided they are not going to have any children, not going to have families, not going to be … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Letter To Families

If you live with one or more people in a serious way, Pope Francis has written a letter to you. Caution: this isn’t the length of your average theological or biblical letter. It’s like letter-length. But not hardcore like ancient … Continue reading

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Family Survey Simplified

Some dioceses in the UK have simplified the survey a number of us filled out last month. I was surprised we were basically being fed an instrument designed for bishops and that was clearly never intended for common consumption. The … Continue reading

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Stand By

Brushing up against the boundaries of doctrine, or even going outside the safe domains of catechesis: why do these events or opportunities always merit a reaction? From yesterday’s Vatican presser: Although preparations for the 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops on … Continue reading

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Family Synod

It’s out in the open that Pope Francis and next Fall’s Family Synod planners are intent on soliciting the input of Catholic laity. The bishops of England and Wales seem to have hit the ground running. David Gibson reports otherwise … Continue reading

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