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Thomas More: The Saint for the Synod
By Dr. Samuel Gregg
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
The Church Must Be Prophetic in its Teachings on Marriage
By Stephan Kampowski
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.
Walker Percy and the Atticus Finch Question
By Dr. Randall B. Smith
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.”
"The Church has no authority...”: On the Limits of the Pope
By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
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.
Full text of Cardinal Erdo's introductory report for the Synod on the Family
By Catholic News Agency
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
Annulment Reform and Pastoral Challenges for Struggling Couples
By Leslie Fain
While recent reforms to the annulment process may be a blessing for some, other struggling couples may find them an additional source of anxiety.
African bishops reject Western push for 'ideological colonization'
By Catholic News Agency
“Aid should not be linked with ideological acceptance or rejection," says Archbishop John Baptist Odama, "Aid is to save human life. If you link it to ideology it becomes is self-defeating.”
Newman, The Oxford Movement, and the Hunger for Dogma
By Edward Short
There are some fine essays in "The Oxford Movement: Europe and the Wider World 1830-1930" but the collection ultimately fails to address the real heart of the movement that Newman left behind
‘Flawed, inadequate’ – bishops skewer synod’s working doc in new report
By Catholic News Agency
English-speaking small groups say Instrumentum Laboris lacks of serious reflection on gender ideology, the role of men and fathers, and pornography, and displays “an overly Euro-centric or Western mindset.”
The Quebecoise Alternative to the St. Gallen Mafia
By Tracey Rowland
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, author of "Mystery and Sacrament of Love", does not think it possible to allow Communion to the divorced and remarried without doing violence to the sacramental ontology
The True Mercy of Christ is the Real Promise of Sainthood
By Dr. Leroy Huizenga
The Synod fathers face a choice between the empty moralism of liberal religion and the radical, transformative, and merciful commands of Christ
The 'shadow council' works to influence the Synod on the Family
By Catholic News Agency
The influence of those who participated in May's “Shadow Council” can be discerned in some of the first week's reports from the 13 small groups at the Synod on the Family
Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless
By Catholic News Agency
Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference gave a wide-ranging interview shortly before the opening of the Synod on the Family.
Thoughts and Questions about Immigration
By James Kalb
It’s evident that immigration, like most issues of public policy, is a matter of prudence, and serious Catholics will disagree on the answers—so informed and intelligent discussion is needed
“Spiritual Friendship” and Ministering to the Same-Sex Attracted
By Rachel Lu
The “Spiritual Friendship” bloggers are the most visible spokesmen for what it means to be orthodox Christians and gay, but elements of their approach are inconsistent, and can hamper those genuinely anxious to help.
Cardinal Marx openly promotes Communion for divorced-and-remarried
By Catholic News Agency
The German prelate tells fellow bishops at Synod that "we should seriously consider the possibility – based on each individual case and not in a generalizing way – to admit civilly divorced and remarried believers to the sacrament of Penance and Holy...
Intrinsic Evils, Final Realities, and the Synod
By Dr. Samuel Gregg
As St. Pope John Paul II's "Veritatis Splendor" reminds us, the idea that there are intrinsically evil acts has always been central to Catholic ethics. Without it, Catholic morality would cease to be Catholic.
“Rebuild, restore, and repair our sacred spaces”
By Jim Graves
An interview with Enzo Selvaggi, founder of Heritage Liturgical, which revives sacred art and architecture in Catholic churches
The Wisdom of Humanae vitae and the Pastoral Care of the Family
By Stephan Kampowski
What the Church, the Body of Christ, has called true and good yesterday cannot possibly become false and burdensome today
Synod finds strong support for Church teaching in Communion debate
By Catholic News Agency
The strongest advocates of current pastoral practice were found among the Italian and English-speaking groups.
The Relationship of Mercy and Justice According to St. Thomas Aquinas
By Prof. Thomas Heinrich Stark
Thomas does not understand divine mercy as a feeling or a passion that overwhelms God. It is not affective but effective, by healing the defects of the creatures and making them participate in the divine perfection.
The Pro-Life Coalition Lobbying the Synod of Bishops
By Mary Jo Anderson
Voice of the Family is an association of pro-life and pro-family organizations who have been active at the synod on life, marriage, and parental rights issues.
Trampling on Christ: The Communion Crisis Not Addressed by the Synod
By Dr. R. Jared Staudt
To allow the Eucharist to serve as a remedy for mortal sin would reach even beyond Cardinal Kasper’s proposal for allowing Communion to the divorced and remarried after a period of penance and discernment
Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life
By Catholic News Agency
Only two of the 94 paragraphs showed a disparity in the voting, both of them surrounding the topic of pastoral care for divorced and remarried persons.
Calling Men to a Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality
By CWR Staff
"Catholic men are destroying themselves by their own free-willed choices," says Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, whose book "Behold the Man," focuses on Christ crucified, covenantal love, and fatherhood
A Black Legend Refuted
By Fr. John Jay Hughes
Mark Riebling's "Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler" is a beautifully written book which not only defends Pius XII but utterly demolishes the Black Legend in intricate and meticulously documented detail
Apocalyptic Fiction
By Rose Trabbic
An interview with Michael D. O’Brien about his new novel, "Elijah in Jerusalem", the sequel to his 1996 debut novel, "Father Elijah: An Apocalypse"
Ross Douthat and the Catholic Academy
By Bishop Robert Barron
"Make an argument against him; prove him wrong; marshal your evidence; have a debate with him; take him on. But don't attempt to censor him."
“Thanks to Your Noble Shadow”: The Life of the Last Irish Nun in Japan
By Dom Alcuin Reid
An interview with journalist James Creedon about his documentary film on the life of Sister Paschal O’Sullivan, who was a missionary in Japan for 75 years
Two Years Among the Liberal Theologians
By Dorothy Cummings McLean
The brain-blowing combination of asserting that what is not Catholic teaching is somehow Catholic teaching and then shrieking like a frightened schoolgirl when the word "heresy" is uttered is what the American Catholic/Jesuit theological academy is a...
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