Archive for October 18th, 2014

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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