Category Archives: evangelization

Synod on the Family 61: The Church’s Ministries to Families

Read the full synod document here. The second of two parts on children: 61. In this regard, the Church can assume a valuable role in supporting families, starting with Christian Initiation, by being welcoming communities. More than ever, these communities today are … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 60: Children

Read the full synod document here. Two sections address “Upbringing and the Role of the Family in Evangelization.” First, the bishops acknowledge it is not easy to be a mom, dad, or a kid: 60. One of the fundamental challenges facing families … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 59: Love

Read the full synod document here. A kind word for the human heart: 59. Affectivity needs assistance, also in marriage, as a path to maturity in the ever-deepening  acceptance of the other and an ever-fuller gift of self. This necessitates offering programs … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 58: More On Openness, Including Adoption

Read the full synod report here. But it’s time to start wrapping up our look at this document. Let’s read of getting to work: 58. Pastoral work in this area needs to start with listening to people and acknowledging the beauty and … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 57: The Transmission of Life and the Challenges of a Declining Birthrate

Read the full synod document here. More positive stuff in paragraph 57: 57. Today, the diffusion of a mentality which reduces the generation of human life to accommodate an individual’s or couple’s plans is easily observable. Sometimes, economic factors are burdensome, contributing … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 55-56: Pastoral Attention towards Persons with Homosexual Tendencies

Read the full synod document here. The last of the three most controversial paragraphs: 55. Some families have members who have a homosexual tendency. In this regard, the synod fathers asked themselves what pastoral attention might be appropriate for them in … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 54: Mixed Marriages

Read the full synod document here. Let me say upfront that I object to the adjective “mixed” when it applies to marriages between Catholics and other Christians, or people of other faiths. 54. The problems relative to mixed marriages were frequently … Continue reading

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