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Here's what the US bishops were most impressed with at the Synod

Nov 17, 2015 - 06:02 am .- Most bishops at the recent Synod on the Family agreed that the Church should minister to married couples long after their wedding day, said a U.S. bishop who served as a delegate at the global meeting.

A caution from Archbishop Chaput: dishonest mercy helps no one

Nov 17, 2015 - 12:01 am .- True mercy and trust in the transformative power of God’s grace are key to helping divorced-and-remarried Catholics, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said in a critique of proposals to admit them to sacramental Communion without a change in their lives.

Archbishop Kurtz on the best thing to come out of the synod

Nov 16, 2015 - 01:47 pm .- Families helping families – this may have been one of the greatest “fruits” to come from the Synod on the Family, said the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference Monday.

Report on Pope Francis and divorce 'in no way reliable,' Vatican says

Nov 2, 2015 - 02:34 pm .- A Vatican spokesman entirely rejected the reliability of Italian journalist Antonio Scalfari’s report suggesting that Pope Francis said all divorced people who ask will be admitted to the Sacraments.

Bishop Robert Barron to academics: debate Ross Douthat, don't dodge him

Oct 31, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- Bishop Robert Barron has weighed in amid a media controversy after the Synod on the Family, saying some academic critics of New York Times columnist Ross Douthat are avoiding a good argument in countering his commentary on the synod, some bishops, and Pope Francis.

Walk alongside your people, Pope Francis tells bishops at synod's close

Oct 25, 2015 - 05:13 am .- Pope Francis Sunday officially brought the Synod on the Family to a close at Mass in St. Peter’s, warning against a “spirituality of illusion,” and reminding pastors of their duty to accompany the faithful and be bearers of God’s mercy especially in times of suffering and conflict.

Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

Oct 24, 2015 - 04:39 pm .- With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican's synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons.

Pope Francis: Synod was about affirming family, indissoluble marriage

Oct 24, 2015 - 01:10 pm .- At the conclusion of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Pope Francis emphasized that the gathering had been about recognizing that society is founded on the family and marriage as the permanent union of one man and one woman.

Gay Catholic to Synod: Please protect teaching on homosexuality

Oct 23, 2015 - 02:27 pm .- With the pastoral care of homosexual persons on the agenda of the Synod on the Family, one man with same-sex attraction has appealed to the synod fathers to protect the Church's teaching on this issue.  

The problem of porn – are bishops talking about it?

Oct 23, 2015 - 04:06 am .- It hasn't gotten a lot of media coverage so far, but the rampant affects of pornography on families worldwide has sparked concern and dialogue among the synod's bishops – particularly the Americans.

The saint and the synod – John Paul II’s legacy still seen in Church teaching

Oct 22, 2015 - 03:54 pm .- Though it has been more than 10 years since the death of Pope John Paul II, the saint’s impact can still be seen in those working to uphold Church teaching at the Synod on the Family, said his former secretary.

Church unity and truth serve the family, Archbishop Gomez says from synod

Oct 21, 2015 - 01:29 pm .- The Catholic Church needs “a new missionary confidence and courage” that draws on Church unity and the recognition of God’s unwavering vision for the family, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has said.

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Oct 21, 2015 - 10:17 am .- Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according to a new round of small group reports.

Denver archbishop: Would German bishops side with Henry VIII or Thomas More?

Oct 20, 2015 - 11:59 am .- If divorced-and-remarried Catholics should receive communion, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and many of the German bishops suggest, does that mean St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher died for nothing?

Strengthen marriage with truth and mercy, Venezuela's Cardinal Urosa tells synod

Oct 20, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Both truth and mercy can be found in consistent Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas told the Synod of Bishops on Thursday.

Cardinal Pell: Catholic means universal, not continental

Oct 19, 2015 - 04:30 pm .- In a wide-ranging interview, Australia's leading prelate affirmed his alliance with Pope Francis, and also stressed that, in a universal church, doctrine does not change from one country to the next.

Archbishop Chaput: In Philly and in synod, support for Francis is obvious

Oct 19, 2015 - 09:38 am .- In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over the weekend, no synod father is an “opponent” of Pope Francis.  

Pope Francis: 50th anniversary of Synod renews the call to discipleship

Oct 17, 2015 - 10:24 am .- Pope Francis presided over celebrations marking 50 years since the establishment of the Synod of Bishops, in which he reflected on the role of the synod in fulfilling our call as disciples to be servants.   

What will the Synod’s final document look like?

Oct 16, 2015 - 09:49 pm .- As the second week of the synod draws to a close, it remains to be seen what the final product from the global meeting of bishops will be.  

At synod, Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried

Oct 16, 2015 - 05:23 pm .- After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement yet in favor of offering Communion to the divorced-and-remarried.

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