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Tag Archives: Synod of Bishops
Recently Jesuit Antonio Spadaro, who edits La Civiltà Cattolica and who is deeply interested in the life and works of Pier Vittorio Tondelli (HERE), made some observations about the recent Synod of Bishops which has caused eyebrows to rise. First, take … Read More
Do you remember that a large number of priests in the UK signed a letter asking the members of the Synod to affirm Catholic doctrine? That sounds so strange to me as I read back in the head what I … Read More
At the National Catholic Register, Edward Pentin has the story about the “leaked” news via the Secretary of State Card. Parolin. Apparently Pope Francis will in fact issue a Post-Synodal Exhortation fairly soon. It was said at one point that … Read More
First, I am deeply grateful for the donations that have come in to defray the cost of my travel to Rome. Some have been widow’s mites, some have been hefty, all have been warmly appreciated. Since I have been … Read More
While here in Rome, I have each day been saying Mass for my benefactors for this Rome trip. Today I will be saying Mass for you sometime between 1800-1900 (I think) Rome time. If I am not mistaken, in … Read More
I received this from a priest reader. QUAERITUR: I am confused. I thought that a Synod of Bishops was a group of Bishops. That is also what Canon 342 says. But according to Fr. Thomas Reese the recent Synod also included … Read More
His Excellency Most Reverend Samuel Aquila, Archbishop of Denver, has something to say. From the NCRegister: Did Thomas More and John Fisher Die For Nothing? The idea that Catholics should be allowed to remarry and receive communion did not begin … Read More
I saw this at Voice of the Family. You can find it other places too. The entire Synod of Bishops (and the fancy people running it) received a marvelously cold slap in the face with the wet towel of real … Read More
At CWR, Sam Gregg has a good piece of analysis. Samples… It was inevitable. Any discussion about marriage and the family during a synod of Catholic bishops was always going to involve questions of morality. Just as the furor around Humanae … Read More
Since the beginning of the pontificate of Pope Francis – or could we coin a new phrase? The “periphery of Pope Francis”? – I have been saying that his aim is to weaken the Roman Curia. HERE and HERE and … Read More
From Lifesite… read the whole thing, but this is probably the most important bit. There has been talk of devolving some decision making about various issues to regional conferences of bishops or to local bishops. That would, of course, be … Read More
The formerly nearly ubiquitous John L. Allen, Jr. has an outstanding interview with the great Francis Card. Arinze, 82 year old Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni and quondam Prefect of Divine Worship. Allen dubs His Eminence as Africa’s Lion in Winter. HERE … Read More
Some say that the Holy Father himself is holding a “shadow Synod” at his residence, Santa Marta. Here is the La Stampe/Tagespost piece: Tagespost: c’è un Sinodo parallelo “L’incertezza sull’esito di queste tre settimane di negoziati è resa ancora maggiore … Read More
Archbp. Myers: “Catholics must be in a marriage recognized as valid by the Church to receive Holy Communion”
Liberal-megaphone RNS’ and David Gibson have a damage control piece out right now. They may sense that things are not going well at the Synod for the Kasperite agenda. ROME — Even as Pope Francis and Catholic leaders from around … Read More
Card. Sarah: “We find ourselves between ‘gender ideology’ and ISIS”, apocalyptic beasts… demonic origin
What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion Ideologies and Islamic Fanaticism are today. Thus, Card. Sarah. Robert Card. Sarah is Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and an amazing fellow. Read his great new … Read More
As intriguing as The 13 Cardinals Letter™ is we have to leave it be now. The Letter is a tar baby. Go for it and it entraps you, sticks you in one place. The more you struggle with it, the more … Read More
The on-again, off-again status of a Final Report is still up in the air. However, today it was announced that there will be a Final Report. So, we are “on” again. UPDATE: HERE Also, concerning the 13 Cardinals Letter™, as … Read More
On Monday there will be interventions on Instrumentum Laboris 130: 130. Some families have members who have a homosexual tendency. In this regard, the synod fathers asked themselves what pastoral attention might be appropriate for them in accordance with Church teaching: … Read More
On EWTN my friend Fr. Gerald Murray is doing analysis of the workings of the Synod. He made some outstanding observations yesterday. NB: If you need a recommendation to watch it, Fishwrap‘s MS Winters viewed the program from his Fainting Couch … Read More
It’s the feast (in some places and for some groups) of Bl. John Henry Newman. Who can forget his beatification by Benedict XVI? Also, Fr. Hunwicke has a note about Bl. John Henry and the Synod. HERE Those of you … Read More