Bishops wrap-up extraordinary synod

Divided bishops water down welcome to gays and divorced Catholics

A dramatic Vatican summit of bishops ended Saturday night by significantly watering down an opening to both gays and divorced and remarried Catholics contained in an interim report released Monday.

“Paragraphs on those two points were the only items that failed to receive a two-thirds majority of the Synod of Bishops in voting on its final document. While there’s no magic to the two-thirds threshold in this sort of Vatican ballot, the results clearly reflect a divided hierarchy on both issues.”

By John L. Allen, Jr., Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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The Vatican’s synod on the bishops, and why you’ve missed the point / Huffington Post

If you are extraordinarily upset or excited about the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family that has taken place for the last two weeks here in Rome, then you likely don’t really understand what it actually is. The prior statement is neither a cynical nor is it a flip or reductive statement. It is also not meant to be merely provocative, and it is certainly not meant to be insulting. It is, however, a dose of reality. In the months leading up to this synod we have heard the narrative of a gradual simultaneous crescendo of the two seemingly discordant melodies of “justice” and “mercy” rising up within the Vatican.”

By Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J., Huffington Post — Click here to read the rest of this column.

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Synod is more and more like a soap opera / Cruxnow.com

Every day, the 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family, a summit of 260 bishops and other participants convened by Pope Francis, seems more and more like a daytime soap opera. Today (Oct. 16) brought more surprising turns on multiple fronts.

“For one thing, the bishops made the unprecedented decision to release internal reports of small group discussions about a working document released Monday (Oct. 13) that became a sensation due to its positive language about same-sex unions, couples who live together outside of marriage, and others in “irregular” situations.”

By John L. Allen, Jr., Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this article.

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Week 2: Small group reports are in

Voice of the Faithful:

“If the law does not lead to Jesus Christ, if it does not bring us closer to Jesus Christ, it is dead. And Jesus rebuked them [Doctors of the Law] for this closure, for not being able to read the signs of the times, for not being open to the God of surprises.” — Pope Francis to bishops at synod.

Originally posted on synodwatch:

 
Saturday is voting day at the Synod.  Each paragraph of the mid-term working document, Relatio post disceptationem, will receive a vote and the final document will go to Pope Francis on Sunday. This document will, in turn, become the foundational working document for the Ordinary Synod taking place next year from Oct 4 – 29, 2015.
But before any vote can be taken, those who are drafting the final document will have to take into account thesuggestions made by 10 “circoli minor” or small language groups.  Of note, Pope Francis added two more people tothe drafting team including a critic of Relatio, Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of South Africa and Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne, Australia.
The names of the individuals in each small group were not revealed but each consisted of clerics, experts and auditors. There were two French, three English, three Italian, and two Spanish groups…

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Synod of Bishops 2014: The drama is back / Cruxnow.com

True old-timers in the Vatican press corps still love to reminisce about how much fun it was covering the Second Vatican Council, a gathering of the world’s Catholic bishops from 1962 to 1965 that launched the Church on a course of modernization and reform …

“Underneath the drama was the sense that something momentous was happening — a Church that had seemed frozen in place was suddenly on the move. Whether it was doing so in a wise or haphazard fashion is a matter of debate to this day, but no one denied that the plates were shifting.

“Over the past two weeks, that kind of drama has been back on the Vatican beat.”

By John L. Allen, Jr., Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this news analysis.

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Some bishops want a do-over, as opposition to synod document grows

Some bishops want a do-over

Surprising words of appreciation for homosexuals, couples living together outside marriage and others that appeared yesterday in a working document from a summit of Catholic bishops in Rome have triggered a media tumult on the outside, and sharp debate on the inside.

“While the Vatican tried to play down the significance of the document, insisting that it’s merely provisional, some bishops inside the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family seem to be taking it very seriously indeed.”

By John L. Allen, Jr., and Ines San Martin, Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

Opposition grows to synod document that sees good in gay relationships, cohabitation and civil marriages

Senior church figures have expressed concern about a document issued by the bishops’ Synod on the Family yesterday proposing a landmark shift in the Church’s pastoral care of gay Catholics, cohabiting couples and those in civil marriages.

“Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura – the Church’s supreme court – told The Tablet the text is ‘unacceptable.'”

By Hannah Roberts and Christopher Lamb, The Tablet — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Synod releases document with new tone, calling for mercy, listening / National Catholic Reporter

Taking a decidedly different tone than many church statements in recent years, the worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops on family issues has released a document calling for the church to listen more, to respect people in their various struggles, and to apply mercy much more widely.

“Summarizing the work of the continuing meeting, known as a synod, the document acknowledges bluntly that the strict application of church doctrine is no longer enough to support people in their quest for God.

“‘It is necessary to accept people in their concrete being, to know how to support their search, to encourage the wish for God and the will to feel fully part of the Church, also on the part of those who have experienced failure or find themselves in the most diverse situations,’ states the document, released Monday (Oct. 13) morning.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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