Just Catholic: You get the impression that the synod participants are not talking with but rather at each other, and that everybody is angrily defending … what?
Family Synod 2015
The group of German speaking prelates at the ongoing synod has presented a way that certain divorced and remarried Catholic persons might be allowed to take Communion in the church.
Synod Interview: Cardinal Maran Mar George Alencherry called on the church to take up a "new way of being" focused on standing in solidarity with peoples' suffering around the world.
Faith and Justice: With time running out, the synodal fathers appear no closer to resolving their conflicts over issues facing the family than they were a year ago.
Synod Cardinal Wilfrid Napier -- one of 13 cardinals said to have signed a letter to Pope Francis criticizing the synod -- said he no longer has concerns.
The work of the synod enters into its final stretch this week, with the thorniest issues at the center of the discussion. It is time for the synod fathers to come together and engage in the hard work of reconciling their divergent opinions. In the past few days, we have seen some of the dividing lines become public, and it is worth looking at some of them to understand how steep a road the synod fathers face.
Synod Interview: "Is the church so in tradition that when newness is afoot, and it’s afoot in the street with the experience of the people, are we missing it?"
Team Valjean at the Synod has apparently decided that they have had enough of Team Javert dominating the news coverage. “Basta!” they said this weekend, first in a presser given by Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Friday, then in the Holy Father’s comments at the ceremony marking the anniversary of Pope Paul VI establishing the Synod of Bishops, and, lastly, yesterday in two interviews by Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Let’s looks at these in reverse chronological order.
Archbishop Roberto González Nieves told the Synod current practice towards the remarried does not allow a “full encounter” with Christ.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl said a challenge facing bishops is being clear about the church's moral teachings but then also meeting people where they are in life without just admonishing them.