Month: June 2014

Synod of bishops – The pastoral challenges of the family In the context of evangelisation


158. The extensive material submitted to the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops is presented in this Instrumentum Laboris to promote the dialogue and development which is expected to take place during the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Clearly, the richness of what is contained in the responses and observations goes beyond what has been reported in these pages, which are intended to provide an initial reference point in synod discussion. To come to some idea of how to respond to the new demands in the People of God, the following three main areas are under discussion in the Church: how the Gospel of the Family can be preached in the present-day; how the Church’s pastoral care programme for the family might better respond to the new challenges today; how to assist parents in developing a mentality of openness to life and in upbringing their children.

Association of U.S. Catholic Priests criticize head of doctrinal congregation for rebuke of LCWR

The Catholic News Service carries a story about the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests making their views known to Pope Francis about CDF’s Cardinal Müller’s “self-confessedly blunt” remarks to the leaders of about 57,000 women religious in the U.S.A.

The priest: from oracle to ignoramus

Brendan Hoban, in the Western People, reflecting on current controversies says that what really released the dam of anger and emotion was the revelation of clerical sexual abuse ­ and the failure of Church authorities to understand its enormity and to do something about it. The revelations on clerical sexual abuse gave people the freedom to surface and to name other resentments.

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