Posts Tagged ‘Synod’

Review: Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family

Editor’s Note: the following is a review of the recently published Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family – Essays from a Pastoral Standpoint, Edited by Winfried Aymans, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 2015.

The eleven Cardinals who wrote these essays are united in their concern to preserve the constant teachings on family against erroneous proposals that surfaced for the Extraordinary Synod of last year. Here we are not only talking of the initiative...

Gradualism: False Hopes with Illusory Desires

Several blogs on the present Synod have mentioned bishops seeking a return to the theory of “gradualism” in order to be able to solve some of the moral problems currently facing the Church: contraception, homosexual “marriages” and second marriages after a divorce, among other effects of the lack of the virtue of chastity. This Synod, like the one of 1980, is, strictly speaking, on the family, not on moral or disciplinary changes about...

True Compassion for Remarried Couples

As the Synod on Marriage and Family continues, so do the debates over the question of communion for divorced and remarried couples. Unfortunately, the two sides seem to be categorized as “letter of the law rule enforcing” on the one hand and “merciful” on the other. What these characterizations fail to explain, however, is that “the rules” concerning Communion (which are unlikely to change) are already merciful, and adhering to them will ultimately bring men...

False Expectations and the coming Synod

On September 1 of this year, the bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, Most Reverend Johan Bonny, produced a twenty-one page series of “wishes” concerning the upcoming Synod with the title, Synod on the Family Expectation of A Diocesan Bishop. Also, an Australian priest-theologian from Canberra and Gaulburn has written a smaller piece entitled, A hermeneutic on Divorce and Remarriage, which discusses the possibility of persons in an invalid marriage receiving Holy Communion without a...

Why Lisa Fullam is Wrong About the Synod on the Family’s Working Document

In a recent America symposium, moral theologian Lisa Fullam of the Jesuit School of Theology (Santa Clara) reflects on the working document “Instrumentum Laboris” for the upcoming Synod on the Family.

In her essay, “Listening to the Laity”, she notes that the document early on says, “episcopal conferences assert that the reason for resistance to Church teaching on family-related matters is ‘want of an authentic Christian experience, namely, an encounter with...

In Word and Deed, Pope Francis Promotes the Family

Nothing Pope Francis has said about the family over these past 12 months speaks louder than the action he took last fall, when he announced the theme for the next gathering of the Synod of Bishops.

The Synod, a post-Vatican II innovation that advises the Holy Father and seeks to foster collegiality among him and the world’s bishops, has never taken up a particular theme more than once.

But now the family will be the...