Category Archives: evangelization

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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Synod on the Family 52-53: Access to Penance and Eucharist

Read the full synod document here. Here come two of the three sections that did not meet with the two-thirds’ approval. Pope Francis insisted they be included in the report anyway. You can read for yourself if they are the end … Continue reading

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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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