Archive for October 7th, 2014

Married couples are stealing the show at synod / Crux

Although the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family may be primarily a gathering of prelates, during the opening two days of the meeting it’s largely been the laity who have stolen the show.

“Since this is a summit on family issues, the synod invited 12 married couples from around the world to be among a group of what’s known as “auditors,” meaning people who take part in discussions but don’t get a vote.

“So far, however, the lack of voting rights hasn’t prevented these couples from making an impression.”

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

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Pope’s sex abuse panel makes progress / Associated Press

Pope Francis’ sex abuse commission has made new progress after languishing for much of the past year. It approved its legal statutes, proposed new members and divided up work to focus on reaching out to survivors, holding bishops accountable and keeping pedophiles out of the priesthood, The Associated Press has learned. The commission met over the past weekend (Oct. 4-5) for the third time since it was announced last December.”

By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press on abcnews.go.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

Marie Collins, a clergy sexual abuse survivor from Ireland who quoted in this story as a member of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, will be the featured speaker at the Voice of the Faithful® 2015 National Assembly in Hartford, Connecticut, April 18, 2015. Click here to register for the VOTF 2015 National Assembly.

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Pope Francis calls for candor at meeting on family issues / The New York Times

Setting the tone for a two-week meeting of Roman Catholic bishops, Pope Francis on Monday (Oct. 6) urged participants to speak openly and clearly, without fear of censure. He also called on the participants to listen to each other with humility and to respect differing opinions.”

By Jim Yardley, The New York Times — Click here to read the rest of this story

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