Archive for October 17th, 2014

Synod is more and more like a soap opera /

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., — Click here to read the rest of this article.

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Week 2: Small group reports are in

“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.


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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