Category Archives: evangelization

Synod on the Family 51: Divorced and Remarried

Read the full synod document here. The bishops finally get to the matter that gained the most attraction before, during, and perhaps still after the synod. What to do with so many Christians who have remarried after a divorce? 51. Likewise, … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 50: Divorced, Single Catholics

Read the full synod document here. Not all divorced people are out of the good graces of the institutional Church. Community and clergy bear responsibility here: 50. Divorced people who have not remarried, who oftentimes bear witness to their promise of … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 48-49: Issues of Validity, Nullity

You can read the full synod document here. Today, let’s cover two paragraphs that garnered significant dissent, then resume after Christmas Day. First, a summary of fact–what the bishops were talking about during and before the synod on declarations of nullity: … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 47: Pastoral Help for Victims

Read the full synod document here, but today, a longer paragraph exploring the beginning of a pastoral need: 47. A special discernment is indispensable for pastorally guiding persons who are separated, divorced or abandoned. Respect needs to be primarily given to … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 46: Respectful Accompaniment

Read the full synod document here. But in this paragraph, we focus briefly on the theme of accompaniment. It’s not a surprise that a Jesuit like Pope Francis would adopt and speak of this theme. The Society of Jesus was … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 45: Courageous Pastoral Choices Needed

Why was this synod called? This paragraph tells us. Read the full synod document here to get the full story, but for today, let’s read of a certain necessity the bishops identified: 45. The necessity for courageous pastoral choices was particularly … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 44: Caring for Broken Families

You can read the full synod document here. But today, we look at the longest single section (paragraphs 44 through 54) titled, “Caring for Broken Families,” which will, in turn, address “Persons who are Separated, Divorced, Divorced and Remarried and Single-Parent Families.” … Continue reading

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