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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?

During 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...

How Cardinal Kasper’s pastoralism would harm women and children

Synods of 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:

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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 ...

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