Synod on the Family - Latest News

Not a burden, but a grace: The indissolubility of marriage

May 27, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The sacrament of marriage, characterized as it is by indissolubility, is good news for the people of today, according to a Spanish priest who specializes in family and marriage issues.

As synod council meets, 'shadow council' pushes acceptance of gay unions

May 26, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- While the Synod of Bishops' ordinary council gathered to discuss the upcoming Synod on the Family this week, a private group of bishops and experts convened separately behind closed doors in Rome to consider the most controversial issues at the synod, particularly that of Communion for the divorced and remarried.

Hundreds of US priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

May 16, 2015 - 04:04 pm .- Nearly 1,000 United States priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests.

Synod will endorse Church teaching on family – Cardinal Pell

May 9, 2015 - 02:23 pm .- Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, spoke this weekend on issues surrounding the family and the upcoming Synod of Bishops, saying the synod is unable to change Church teaching.

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

May 2, 2015 - 05:44 pm .- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts.

Kasper is not the 'Pope's theologian,' says leading African cardinal

Apr 9, 2015 - 05:08 pm .- A top African cardinal says that German cardinal Walter Kasper – who's stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried – does not necessarily represent Pope Francis' theological stance.

In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Mar 30, 2015 - 04:54 pm .- In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

Bishops conferences are not the Magisterium, Vatican doctrine chief reminds Cardinal Marx

Mar 26, 2015 - 04:00 pm .- Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has told a French paper that doctrinal, or even disciplinary, decisions regarding marriage and family are not up for determination by national bishops’ conferences.

Pope Francis on the family synod: 'We need prayers, not gossip'

Mar 25, 2015 - 06:10 am .- During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family, and urged attendees to pray for the intentions of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family.

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

Mar 24, 2015 - 02:32 am .- A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome.

March Madness? Put aside that fifth bracket and tackle Church teaching, bishop urges

Mar 18, 2015 - 02:04 am .- Many challenges to families need addressing today, including perhaps too much attention given to college basketball’s “March Madness,” and not enough to studying Church teaching.

Scholar from JPII Institute on marriage, family to advise helmsman of 2015 Synod

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:00 am .- As the church prepares for the 2015 Synod on the Family, one of the newly-named advisers to the synod of bishops' general secretariat is a scholar from the John Paul II Institute on marriage and the family – representatives of which were notably absent during last year's gathering on the same subject.

Communion for divorced and remarried? Africa's bishops have other concerns, cardinal says

Feb 19, 2015 - 04:02 am .- A leading African cardinal says the continent's bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero-in on strengthening the Church with good families – before getting sidetracked on other issues such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced and remarried couples.

What Cardinal Burke really said about 'resisting' Pope Francis

Feb 9, 2015 - 05:27 pm .- Cardinal Raymond Burke said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible move by Pope Francis away from Catholic doctrine.

For Cardinal Baldisseri, consensus at the Synod of Bishops remains important

Feb 7, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Even though the 2014 Synod on the Family's final report included three paragraphs that failed to gain a consensus among the synod fathers, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishop maintains that the principle of consensus remains valid.

Pray – don't speculate – about the Vatican family synod, say novena organizers

Feb 6, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Amid concern over whether or not October's Synod on the Family will protect the Church's teaching on marriage, one lay initiative is calling upon Catholics to put their words to better use – and pray.

Archbishops Chaput, Gomez confirmed participants in Synod on the Family

Jan 31, 2015 - 11:32 am .- The Vatican has confirmed the participation of 48 delegates chosen by bishops' conferences to take part in this year's Synod on the Family.  Included on the list are all those elected by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Ghana priests shift focus to marriage prep, youth formation

Jan 30, 2015 - 02:21 am .- A national gathering of hundreds of priests in Ghana have resolved to become more involved with their parishioners through marriage preparation, family counseling, and educational youth formation.

Ahead of Synod, UK Catholics to venerate relics of St Therese's parents

Jan 16, 2015 - 05:06 pm .- Catholics in the Diocese of Portsmouth will have an invaluable opportunity this May to venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents, a saintly married couple, ahead of the upcoming Synod on the Family.

'No human invention' – Marriage a divine plan, bishop says

Jan 5, 2015 - 01:28 pm .- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis' call for renewed commitment to the “Gospel of the Family” by releasing a pastoral letter on the special vocation and mission of the family.

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