Synod Father lists three points important for summary document

Vatican Radio – Ahead of the presentation of the Synod’s final summary document, to be discussed and voted on Saturday afternoon by Synod participants, Synod Father Archbishop Paul-André Durocher shared with Vatican Radio some of the key points he thinks are important to include. The first is the organization of all pastoral life in the…

Cardinal Pell: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly’s views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report. “We wanted the Catholic people around the world to know actually what was going on in talking about marriage…

German Cardinal Marx shares his perspective on synod

VATICAN CITY — Most members of the Synod of Bishops on the family are enjoying the strangely warm Roman weather; only members of the groups drafting the synod’s message to the Catholic faithful and drafting its final report were working this morning. But the media is still here in force and the Vatican press office…

Cardinal says balancing truth, mercy always difficult, always needed

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, one of the Catholic Church’s best known cardinal-theologians, said the Catholic Church must hold together truth and mercy, even if it is criticized for its attempt. The cardinal, editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the son of divorced parents, led one of…

Anglican, Lutheran delegates say synod’s concerns are theirs, too

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Upholding the Christian ideal of marriage and family life while also reaching out to those whose lives do not reflect that ideal is a pastoral challenge faced by all Christian communities, said the Anglican representative to the Synod of Bishops. Anglican Bishop Paul Butler of Durham, England, and “fraternal delegates” from…

Archbishop Kurtz hopes synod’s final report will ‘refine and clarify’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said he hoped the final report of the Synod of Bishops on the family would improve on the assembly’s midterm report in celebrating exemplary families, encouraging missionary outreach and emphasizing that the church’s pastoral efforts must be grounded in Scripture and Catholic teaching. The…

Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it does not accurately reflect the assembly’s views. Following a nearly hourlong…

Synod of Family begins small-group discussions. Card. Tagle: “The Drama Continues”

Vatican Radio – The Synod Fathers of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family on Monday afternoon began meeting in small working groups, called “circoli minori” or “minor circles”.  This second phase of the synod comes after the “post-discussion report” of the Synod was presented Monday morning by the General Rapporteur of the Assembly, Cardinal Péter Erdő….

Synod on Family: Midterm report presented, 2015 Synod announced

Vatican Radio – As discussion at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family got underway Monday morning, it was announced that the second phase of this process – next year’s Ordinary Synod – will be held October 4-25, 2015, and will have theme: The vocation and mission of the family in the church and…

Synod’s history: Bishops gather to discuss faith, morals, discipline

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The word “synod” derives from the Greek word “synodos,” meaning “to walk together.” In the early church, especially in the East, the word was used to describe any special gathering of bishops to decide important matters of faith, morality and church discipline. Synods always have been a privileged place for the…