The disastrous mid-term relatio seeded confusion, conflict, and lingering bitterness at every level of the Church. But the synod itself was only Act One.
Upon becoming director of media
relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial
discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the
bishops were painfully naïve about the news business, yet convinced they could manipulate
the process to get the story told as they wished.
They were wrong of course,...
Can Church doctrine change over time? Could so-called “same-sex unions” one day be seen as a legitimate development of the Church’s teaching on marriage?
the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican, the
phrase “doctrinal development” was bandied about by some bishops. For
instance, Reinhard Cardinal Marx of Germany, responding to a question at
a press conference last Friday, said that church doctrine can change over
time: "Saying that the doctrine will never change is a restrictive view of thin...
Bishops rarely attract so much attention as the current one has. Much of the
interest, of course, is due to the German Cardinal Walter Kasper’s pre-synod
proposal on divorce, remarriage, and the reception of Holy Communion, aided by
his subsequent book tour and multiple interviews before and during the synod.
Brooke Williams Deely’s comprehensive collection John Paul II Speaks on Women documents the revolutionary contribution of Karol Wojtyla’s pontificate to understanding the role of women in the Church and in the world.
Brooke Williams Deely of the
Women, Culture, and Society Program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston,
Texas is the editor of John Paul II
Speaks on Women, which was recently published by Catholic University of
America Press. In her introductory essay for the book, Deely assesses the
significance of Pope Saint John Paul II’s
teaching on women:
There is nothing very courageous about offering "pastoral" recommendations that fail to challenge a world that still bears the scars of the sexual revolution of the 1960s
This Synod is extraordinary in
more ways than one. It is extra-ordinary in the simple sense of being
merely preparatory to the actual or ordinary Synod that will take place
in twelve months' time.
But the Synod is also extraordinary in the
more colloquial sense of the term. Cardinal
Kasper's address to the February Consistory in preparation for the
Synod set the agenda. It ...