Archive for December 9th, 2014
For the second time in two years, the Vatican has asked national bishops’ conferences around the world to seek input from Catholics at ‘all levels’ about how the church should respond to sometimes difficult questions of modern family life, such as divorce and remarriage.
“Issuing a document in preparation for a second worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops on family life next year, the Vatican has also stressed the need for mercy in responding to such difficult situations — even asking the bishops to avoid basing their pastoral care solely on current Catholic doctrine.
“The call for input came Tuesday in a document released by the Vatican’s Office for the Synod of Bishops, which in October 2015 will to host the second of two global bishops’ meetings called by Pope Francis for 2014 and 2015.
“The document is partly a summary of the last meeting in October and partly a series of 46 questions meant to help prepare for the next synod. The Vatican synod office is sending the document in coming days to bishops’ conferences around the world.”
By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.
Gay marriage was never on the agenda at the recent Synod of Bishops on the Family and the subject ‘did not cross our minds,’ Pope Francis said in a new headline-grabbing interview.
“Keeping to a format that has become a favorite for this pope, Francis used a high-profile interview to shed light on his thinking, and Vatican policies, on a number of hot-button social issues.
“In an interview published Sunday (Dec. 7), Francis told the Argentine daily, La Nacion, that the Catholic Church must help parents support their gay children. At the same time, he maintained that allowing, condoning or even adapting to same-sex marriage was still not on the church’s agenda.
“This was one of several controversial issues he broached in the interview with papal biographer Elisabetta Pique.”
By Josephine McKenna, Religion News Service — Click here to read the rest of this story.
Pope Francis said he was pleased that five of the 30 members of the International Theological Commission are women, but the body that advises the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as well as the church in general, needs more women theologians.
“‘They are the strawberries on the cake, but there is need for more,’ the pope said Dec. 5 as he met the members, who were named to a five-year term in July.”
By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service — Click here to read the rest of this story.