Take a positive approach to families, synod members say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The first week of the Synod of Bishops on the family ended with near unanimous calls to be more positive in describing family life today and to show more appreciation for Catholic families living close to the church’s ideals. But there were also widespread questions among synod participants about the work…

Pope thanks families for witnessing to truth, goodness and beauty

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday thanked all families who bear witness to the beauty of family life. The Holy Father was speaking in Philadelphia at a Prayer Vigil for the 8th World Meeting of Families taking place at the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Pope listened to six couples giving testimony about the joys…

USCCB secretary sees successes from bishops’ planning process

BALTIMORE (CNS) — A myriad of activities revolving around four key goals of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is an indication that “the conference planning process is working quite well,” according to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, USCCB secretary and chairman of the Committee on Priorities and Plans. The four priorities chosen by…

Diocesan Pastoral Council to seek information on family life

By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully The Visitor Representatives of the Diocesan Pastoral Council are seeking comments on family life — including challenges and ways to enrich it — and will report their findings to Bishop Donald Kettler. The bishop made his request for the information at the council’s Sept. 13 meeting in Elrosa. He said he would…

New path for those in failed marriages?

German cardinal seeks to maintain, yet reinterpret, doctrine so the church can help today’s families March 14, 2014, edition By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Catholic Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a “renewed” interpretation…