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Some Elaboration on “A Particular Fruitfulness”

The instrumentum laboris of the Fall’s Rome synod is out in English here. You won’t see a section-by-section treatment on this site. The final result of the family synod is likely to be far different from the plan the Church … Continue reading

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No Suffocation

I was a little surprised Aleteia published this 5 February interview. It was just posted yesterday. Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle on suffocation: (N)obody should stop anybody from saying what he or she thinks about the current state of marriage, family, etc. … Continue reading

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Interest

The young miss emailed me this link and commented, “I thought this was interesting.” Good for her. Like one commentator, I also wish I had written it, as I can agree with every line composed. I think fathers contribute a lion’s … Continue reading

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Are Conservatives In Retreat?

As a parent, I notice avoidance. Laundry piles up. Dishes pile up. Homework missing, the email report cites. The young miss doesn’t seem communicative. Sometimes there are good reasons. Sometimes it’s the blame game. On occasion, she just messed up. … Continue reading

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The Jan Brady of Luke 15

Foment, perhaps torment, about the synod continues today. One place online quoted someone who said that three-fourths of the bishops opposed the mid-meeting document that got people into an eruption. Of course, the usual blame was laid at the feet … Continue reading

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Damage Control

I assume it was a plan to release a mid-meeting document from the synod. Why was it a surprise? Josephine McKenna at RNS reports on admitted “damage control,” or at least that’s what it looks like to Cardinal Wilfrid Napier: … Continue reading

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Stunning

Leaving aside any change in doctrine, what a difference a change of tone makes. Included in James Martin’s piece, a citation from the synod document: Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions it has to be noted that … Continue reading

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Working Weekend

Just so I can establish some sliver of cred as not being a Francis-yes-man, let me suggest some criticism is in order for his adding six clergy and no lay persons to the weekend writing committee. I suppose it could … Continue reading

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Crickets in the Communion Line

The issue of the sacraments for the divorced and remarried has certainly caught on like fire. Mostly among people who are not affected by the doctrine and discipline it represents. It may be illustrative that remarried Catholics are not picketing, … Continue reading

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A Silly Question

Is Cardinal Burke an adulterer? It’s a silly question, of course. But as Rocco whispered, he “doubled down” on the synod’s Christmas gay question: This is a very delicate question, and it’s made even more delicate by the aggressiveness of … Continue reading

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Synod And The Elephant: Tackle or Tickle?

For the first time, the synod addressed the issue that has been driving Catholic rigorists crazy, sacramental life for those who have remarried after a divorce. In the first part, therefore, the Assembly continued its reflection on the matter of … Continue reading

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What Did Jesus Teach?

One thing all Catholics agree on is that Jesus sets a pretty high standard. Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain says the pope cannot change the Church’s “teaching” because Jesus established it. But what did Jesus actually establish, and did … Continue reading

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Remarriage Worse Than Murder

Bishop Robert Lynch reflects on a “Rubicon” about to be crossed: Think about it for a moment, I can absolve the most heinous of criminals who seeks God’s forgiveness for the sin of murder and give him or her the … Continue reading

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Aiming For Discipline, Not Doctrine

John Allen at Crux continues his pre-synod features on the family and related issues. I see the stories and mostly opinion pieces on that new site, including today’s projected compromise. Tackling the unforgiveable sin, remarriage after a divorce, this will … Continue reading

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One Bishop’s Reflections, Pre-Synod

Rocco whispered this on his Twitter feed today. I appreciated Belgian bishop Johan Bonny’s long, but worthwhile essay containing his reflections and hopes for the upcoming synod. It struck me as balanced, pastoral, and thoughtful. Well worth reading. It gave … Continue reading

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