Tag Archives: synod on the family

What About Sacramental Grace?

Peter Nixon’s blog post from last month got expanded into the latest issue of Commonweal. Good. He was certainly among the best of the Catholic bloggers of the last decade. I was pondering his musings about the relative frequency of … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 1: Introduction

Let’s begin our detailed look at another Church document, the final report, the “Relatio Synodi” of the recent synod of bishops. Remember the title: “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” Read the full document here. Notice … Continue reading

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Synod 14 Report

Over the next several weeks, we’ll examine in detail the “Relatio Synodi” of last month’s Synod of Bishops. The title of the document is “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” The full document is available here. … Continue reading

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Rigorists On Their Heels

Do they Suffice it to say this sort of wind would never have blown through the Church in the period 1991-2013. People are openly questioning the administration of the sacraments to another group of public sinners, and suddenly, two millennia … Continue reading

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Going Further

After I read Cardinal Nichols’ brief pastoral letter on the recent family synod, I got the idea Pope Francis is operating on a totally different plane from some of his critics. Cardinal Nichols pooh-poohs the idea the synod was a … Continue reading

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Theology of the Body Stands at the Door, Knocks

George Weigel, among others, is miffed that Theology of the Body wasn’t invited to the synod: It’s also disconcerting that John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which is the Church’s best answer to that challenge, seemed to have been … Continue reading

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Free Speech Is The Earthquake

David Gibson on the synod: Amid all the lobbying and armchair analysis, it’s important to step back and realize that in the three decades before Francis was elected pope, bishops, priests and theologians could have been investigated, censured, silenced or … Continue reading

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