• Amoris Laetitia, chapter 6 – Some pastoral perspectives

    • Apr 8, 2016

    199.  The dialogue that took place during the Synod raised the need for new pastoral methods. I will attempt to mention some of these in a very general way. Different communities will have to devise more practical and effective initiatives that respect both the Church’s teaching and local problems and

  • Amoris Laetitia, chapter 7 – Towards a better education of children

    • Apr 8, 2016

    259.  Parents always influence the moral development of their children, for better or for worse. It follows that they should take up this essential role and carry it out consciously, enthusiastically, reasonably and appropriately. Since the educational role of families is so important, and increasingly complex, I would like to

  • Amoris Laetitia, chapter 1 – In the light of the Word

    • Apr 8, 2016

    8. The Bible is full of families, births, love stories and family crises. This is true from its very first page, with the appearance of Adam and Eve’s family with all its burden of violence but also its enduring strength (cf. Gen 4) to its very last page, where we behold

  • Pope’s big call on Communion may mean little on the ground

    Pope’s big call on Communion may mean little on the ground

    • Apr 2, 2016

    ROME – Formally speaking, Vatican documents are categorized according to their ecclesiastical genre. An “encyclical”, for instance, is a developed form of papal teaching, an “instruction” generally explains or amplifies another document that has legislative force, a “motu proprio” is a legal decree under the pope’s authority, and so on.

  • Cardinal who backs progressives tapped to present family manifesto

    Cardinal who backs progressives tapped to present family manifesto

    • Mar 31, 2016

    ROME – In a move possibly hinting that Pope Francis will side with progressives on some contentious matters regarding family life, the Vatican announced Thursday that a keenly anticipated document from the pontiff will be released April 8 and presented by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria. The document, technically

  • On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

    On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

    • Oct 5, 2015

    ROME — When the first Synod of Bishops on the family got underway last October, conservatives concerned with upholding traditional doctrine appeared caught off guard by a progressive push on several fronts, including relaxing the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. The leading symbol