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Georgetown Sacred Lecture Series: Pope Francis, Synodality and Amoris Laetitia

September 13, 2017 0 Comments
Georgetown Sacred Lecture Series: Pope Francis, Synodality and Amoris Laetitia

The Catholic Church has a unique process for confirming Church teaching and setting pastoral guidance. “Synodality” is the process that has been used by Catholic bishops for centuries. But on Tuesday, September 12, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, in Georgetown University’s inaugural 2017-18 Sacred Lecture, explains how Pope Francis has taken this ancient Church ritual and, building […]

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Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family

December 21, 2014 51 Comments
Focused on the Dysfunctional? A Consideration of the Need for the Synod on the Family to Refocus ON the Family

Many breathed a sigh of relief when the summary document of the extraordinary Synod on the Family was much improved and the seriously flawed sections (which no one seems to know who wrote!) were removed.  But in this case we cannot allow the better to become the enemy of the best. And frankly the relatio, though […]

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Pondering”Gradualism”and the”Midterm”Report

October 13, 2014 65 Comments
Pondering”Gradualism”and the”Midterm”Report

The so-called “midterm” report of the Synod is out. Please remember, it is only a rough draft and the final report may in fact look very different. Frankly, I am not sure why we are even being permitted to look at a rough draft. Nevertheless, presuming the Pope is serious about inviting discussion, let me consider a […]

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Musings and Concerns on the Synod

October 9, 2014 111 Comments
Musings and Concerns on the Synod

We are seeing in Rome a rather unusual unfolding of the Synod, wherein cardinals and bishops with very different points of view are airing those differences quite publicly. Even prior to the Synod there was the publication of various competing books. To be fair to the bishops and cardinals, it would seem that Pope Francis himself […]

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