Triumph for openness in Pope Francis's Synod on the Family

Writes Fr. Tom Reese, "If [the pope] wanted to be a dictator, he could have just ordered whatever he wanted. Rather he invited the bishops into an open, collegial discussion.
Unlike we journalists, he has not obsessed over the language of the report but has been much more focused on the process. He set the tone at the beginning by encouraging the bishops to speak freely. At the end, in summing up the synod, he showed that he had been listening carefully, and like a good Jesuit discerning the Spirit in the process. This is not the end of the process. The report, and hopefully the pope's final address, will become the point departure for a much richer discussion of the family during the coming year until the next synod in October 2015. The synod was a big win for openness and for Francis. more »


Is it only the smart people who wrestle with their faith?

Benjamin Franklin looked forward to finally finding out about heaven after his death. The Archbishop of Canterbury raised a chorus of criticism by wondering aloud if God really exists. Can we really be certain of anything in life? more »
Why aren't more women joining Catholic religious orders in 2014?

Fewer than 1% of American nuns are under 40-years-old, but the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would have you believe that it's because they spend too much time taking care of the poor (ie. too liberal). The Vatican sponsored the "Year of the Priest" in 2012. But when is the last time the Holy See or the US Bishops made any effort to promote the vocations of women religious? more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama


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