- Apr 18, 2021
Fathers and mothers have the ability and responsibility to lead their families to holiness, wrote Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted in an apostolic exhortation.
After two synods on the family and a papal document, the Vatican is getting concrete by launching a new “International Observatory on the Family.”
According to Antoine Renard, “the family is God’s own project.” Renard is the president of FAFCE, the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations. He says that the concept of the ‘Traditional Family’ is under constant threat.
Many controversial topics were discussed at this Synod of Bishops, but ‘Amoris Laetitia’ wasn’t among them. It’s not because people have forgotten, but perhaps because they needed a bit of a break.
Without respectfully collaborating with teachers and schools, parents will risk being on their own when it comes to educating their children and be at a greater disadvantage for facing the challenges emerging from today’s culture, mass media and technology, Pope Francis said.
Organizers of a parallel event to this week’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin says bishops are too “sheepish” in speaking out against a “watered-down” version of Church teaching that endorses homosexuality.
On the clerical sexual abuse scandals, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, says the Church has had to learn the truth of Jesus’ saying in the Gospel: “The truth will set you free.”
Pope Francis met with officials and staff of the Italian police force working in Rome as well as officials from the department of public safety’s medical assistance division.