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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 19: Take It Seriously

Let’s wrap up Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome last month.  I came here to encourage you to take this synodal process seriously and to tell you that the Holy Spirit needs you. It is true: the Holy … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 18, Prepare for Surprises

Next in Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome, some good advice, whether or not you’re in a synod:  Don’t be disheartened; be prepared for surprises. In the book of Numbers (22:8ff.) we hear of a donkey who became … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 17, The Dialogue of Salvation

Next in Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome, a reference, I assume, to the multivalent observation of the Church as both teacher and school. The methodology of this school is not lecture, a one-sided monologue, but instead a … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 16, One Great People

We should feel ourselves part of one great people which has received God’s promises. Those promises speak of a future in which all are invited to partake of the banquet God has prepared for every people (cf. Isaiah 25:6). The … Continue reading

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What Next?

Two series wrap up this week. Three more posts on the Holy Father’s address to the Diocese of Rome to open the 2021-23 universal synod. This coming weekend we’ll reach the end of the Way of Beauty. What’s next? Not … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 15, Including “Problem People”

We like to avoid difficult people, right? We run away, hide, don’t return phone calls, and steer them to the next parish down the road. Pope Francis, in his address to the Diocese of Rome for the universal synod, suggests … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 14, More of the Sense

In last month’s address to his diocese, Pope Francis elaborates on sensus fidei. First, we aren’t talking about a debate followed by voting. It is a human process, and in many ways a political one, in the sense of people … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 13, The Sensus Fidei

I was struck long ago by a  monk describing a community meeting for some matter of import. It might have been the election of the next abbot. After prayer at some length, each brother took a turn speaking. The monastery … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 12, The Diocesan Phase

Pope Francis, in his address to the Diocese of Rome, moves onward from the general to the specific for his own diocese. The diocese is where the Holy Father envisions the widest possible listening to the people, and we in … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 11, A Mass of Leavened Dough

Another good image from the brain of Pope Francis:  You see, then, how our Tradition is like a mass of leavened dough; we can see it growing and in that growth is communion: journeying together brings about true communion. Here … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 10, The Pilgrim Hermeneutic

Next in Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome. a longer paragraph. First, trust in the Holy Spirit. Along with this, a common dish-breaking theme of the Holy Father, namely that disagreements can be well-managed rather than avoided or … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 9, The Holy Spirit

“To the Holy Spirit and to us”. Still, it is always tempting to do things on our own, in an “ecclesiology of substitution”, which can take many forms. Another turn of phrase, an ecclesiology of substitution. It is indeed a … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 8, It Seemed Good

The weekend’s synod-opening speech has moved forward in the news feeds of a few interested Catholics. But next in Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome last month, the introduction to the letter to Gentile believers in Acts 15:23b-29 … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 7, Paul and Barnabas in Jerusalem

Pope Francis, in his address to the Diocese of Rome, reminds his listeners–and us–of the unprecedented situation the early Jewish followers of Jesus had to confront. The mandate to take the Good News to the wide world would bring the … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 6, On Arguments

In the early Church, differences of opinions existed. Perhaps Saint Luke glosses over the heated portions of discussions from Acts 6 or 10 or 15. Sacred inspiration gives us the final result and the harmonious reception of new directions for … Continue reading

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