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In his introductory speech to the synod fathers, the synod's relator general examined current challenges to the family and marriage, the vocation of the family, and the family's mission today

On Oct. 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest -- who is the synod's relator general -- gave an introductory speech to the synod fathers. Drawing from the working document for the synod as well as recent magisterial documents, Cardinal Erdo surveyed the work the assembly is called to do. He examined current challenges to the family...

Papal authority cannot be used to promote favored papal causes, no matter how noble. It is to be used to keep the Church one and focused on the one true God.

The avalanche of media coverage of the Synod on the Family cannot be escaped, so rather than try to run from it, perhaps now is the time to try to provide some necessary context to what will (and will not) take place in the next few weeks. To that end, there are two documents that make striking—if today virtually incomp...

The great Southern writer had the wisdom and courage to admit that the cultural Stoicism of men like his beloved Uncle Will suffered from a tragic flaw and was “no longer good enough for the South.”

In a 1956 article in Commonweal magazine,

As this year’s Synod on the Family opens, Church leaders must be willing to clarify what Christian marriage is and what it is not, and propose it with a prophetic stance to a culture that becomes more and more ideological.

This is the final part of an essay by Dr. Kampowski addressing theological arguments on pastoral approaches to marriage and family, especially those raised during last ye...

Just as some contemporary Northern European bishops are presently seeking to fudge similarly settled Church teaching, considerable efforts were made by bishops in 1533 to persuade More to be more flexible with Henry VIII's demands

“To live together as brother and sister? Of course I have high respect for those who are doing this. But it’s a heroic act, and heroism is not for the average Christian.”

Among the many statements made by Cardinal Walter Kasper while making his case for changing Church teac...

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