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Forthcoming Doc on Family

In three days, the Vatican releases the Pope Francis post-synod document Amoris Laetitia–in the vernacular, the Joy of Love. Lots of ink and screen pixels have been spent on the topic of the family. Nothing really significant here, but a few … Continue reading

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Aiming For Unconditional Love

The Holy Father finished the text release of his synod-concluding speech with an acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word. The last letter begins a brief arrow to a common action for all believers. Let’s read: Aiming to … Continue reading

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Invention or Innovation?

The Holy Father’s acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word moves to the seventh letter in seven days. I’m a skeptic on the idealization of “programs.” But Pope Francis looks at four areas of ministry which do not … Continue reading

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Laboring for Strong and Faithful Families

Does the Holy Father care about so-called faithful Catholics? It would seem so. He devoted one reflection on “FAMIGLIA” to the notion that we should work to assist those who remain faithful in the midst of obstacles:. Laboring intensely to sustain … Continue reading

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Gaining and Rebuilding Trust

We continue with the final footnote from the synod-concluding speech of Pope Francis. Looking at “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word, we turn to what we seek to gain: Gaining and humbly rebuilding trust in the Church, which has been gravely … Continue reading

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Illuminating Consciences

The Holy Father turns his attention to those “assailed” in their sense of right and wrong. From the fourth letter of “FAMIGLIA,” let’s look at illumination: Illuminating consciences often assailed by harmful and subtle dynamics which even attempt to replace God … Continue reading

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Manifesting Mercy

The Holy Father had some footnotes for his synod-concluding speech last week. The final note was an acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for you-know-what word. M is for Mercy, right? Manifesting and bringing God’s mercy to families in need; … Continue reading

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Approaching Others

We continue with the last footnote from the synod-concluding speech of Pope Francis. A is for “approaching others.” Approaching others, since a Church closed in on herself is a dead Church, while a Church which doesn’t leave her own precincts behind … Continue reading

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Forming New Generations

The Holy Father had some footnotes for his synod-concluding speech. The last one was an acrostic reflection on “FAMIGLIA,” or Italian for family, as you know. One a day for the coming eight days, leading off with F for “Forming … Continue reading

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Synod Wraps

Synod15 is more or less done. Father Louis Cameli has five suggestions for future efforts, and I like numbers 2 and 4. Moving the synod to a monastery or a place of retreat sounds about right to me. More theologians … Continue reading

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Adoption in English Group 4

I checked the final small group reports for mentions of adoption. Two groups hit the topic. This paragraph in English #4 for starters: In the section on adoption, some discussion ensued about the right of a child to have both … Continue reading

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Phobos and Deimos Orbiting Synod15

I have tuned in a few times to Archbishop Coleridge’s site, including today’s update from the synod. When he described his recent experience with the rigorists, I was thinking of the nomenclature for the moons of Mars. The archbishop has … Continue reading

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What A Difference A Decade Makes

Ten years ago today, I linked John Allen quoting a bishop about the 2005 synod. I wonder why in the hell they brought us here and put us through all this, to say absolutely nothing more than what has been … Continue reading

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Not A Straight Line

I was struck by a story Archbishop Cupich related in his press conference. It reads: There was a priest who told me some years ago that he was doing a funeral a young man who had committed suicide. He was … Continue reading

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Synod15 Stage Two

Reports on part Two of the synod’s instrumentum laboris are out. Interesting reading. Summary of all language groups here. Individual small group discussions are summarized here. At least two groups mentioned the book of Tobit, grossly underutilized in the Church’s … Continue reading

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