Synod on the Family

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Abp. Jose Gomez at the Pontifical North American College on May 2, 2015.

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

Oct 21, 2015

The Catholic Church needs “a new missionary confidence and courage” that draws on Church unity and the recognition of God’s... Read more

Bishops meet at the Vatican's Synod Hall on Oct. 21, 2015.

Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in communion debate

Oct 21, 2015

By Elise Harris

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice according... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver gives a catechesis session during World Youth Day in Rio July 25, 2013.

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

Oct 20, 2015

If divorced-and-remarried Catholics should receive communion, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and many of the German bishops suggest, does that mean... Read more

Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas speaks with CNA, Feb. 13, 2015.

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

Oct 20, 2015

Both truth and mercy can be found in consistent Catholic teaching on marriage, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas told... Read more

Cardinal George Pell at the Vatican Press Office, Oct. 19, 2012.

Cardinal Pell: Catholic means universal, not continental

Oct 19, 2015

By Ann Schneible

In a wide-ranging interview, Australia's leading prelate affirmed his alliance with Pope Francis, and also stressed that, in a universal... Read more

Pope Francis with Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 24, 2015.

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

Oct 19, 2015

In an Oct. 19 interview, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that despite an implied assertion in America Magazine over... Read more

Pope Francis walking out of the Paul VI Hall after Synod sessions during the Synod of Bishops on October 9, 2015.

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

Oct 17, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis presided over celebrations marking 50 years since the establishment of the Synod of Bishops, in which he reflected... Read more

Inside the Synod Hall during the meeting of bishops and cardinals on Oct. 14, 2015.

What will the Synod’s final document look like?

Oct 16, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the second week of the synod draws to a close, it remains to be seen what the final product... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 17, 2014.

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

Oct 16, 2015

After years of both direct and indirect remarks on the subject, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx issued his most direct statement... Read more

Inside the Vatican's synod hall on Oct. 14, 2015.

A tough synod topic: the 'silent martyrdom' of incest, abuse in families

Oct 16, 2015

By Elise Harris

Violence, incest and sexual abuse within the family were among the issues addressed by synod fathers in their most recent... Read more

The Opening Mass of the Synod on the Family, Oct. 4, 2015.

Don't 'regionalize' Church teaching on marriage, says Irish archbishop at synod

Oct 15, 2015

Catholic teaching on marriage and the family is universal, not something local bishops’ conferences can decide for themselves, an Irish... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015.

Cardinal Sarah says the Christian family counters both Islamic, Western extremism

Oct 14, 2015

Cardinal Robert Sarah has told the Synod of Bishops they should respond to the twin threats of Western and Islamic... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at a press conference held by German bishops at the Teutonic College in Rome, Oct. 5, 2015.

Read today's report from the German small group at the Synod

Oct 14, 2015

Read below the full text of the report released Wednesday by the German-speaking small group at the Synod on the... Read more

We need to be clear on what marriage actually is, synod bishops insist

Oct 14, 2015

By Elise Harris

Numerous bishops voiced alarm over the lack of a clear definition of marriage in the synod’s controversial guiding text, prompting... Read more

More scheming outside the synod? Soros foundation rep attends LGBT lobby event

Oct 13, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Attendees at an LGBT activist event lobbying the Synod of Bishops included an official from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations,... Read more

Violent marriages: A woman's quest to help synod bishops grasp the issue

Oct 13, 2015

By Elise Harris

Christauria Welland is a clinical psychologist who's worked with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence – and with one... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York at a Mass of diaconal ordination said at St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 1, 2015.

Are those who strive for virtue the new minority? Cardinal Dolan thinks so

Oct 13, 2015

Married couples who endure hardships together; gay men and women trying to live chastely; engaged couples who choose not to... Read more

Pope Francis together with Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Nov. 19, 2014.

Synod letter leak was intended 'to sow strife', says Cardinal Müller

Oct 13, 2015

Cardinal Gerhard Müller spoke with an Italian daily on Tuesday about the synod and about a letter allegedly sent to... Read more

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan speaks with EWTN.

Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless

Oct 13, 2015

In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with EWTN Germany, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, president of the Polish bishops' conference,... Read more

Man and woman.

Diverse synod groups united in concern over 'gender ideology'

Oct 12, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Despite the significant differences among the 13 small groups that are discussing the working document at the Synod on the... Read more