Posts Tagged family issues

Europe’s fractious Catholics set out their views in synod questionnaire / National Catholic Reporter

Like their counterparts around the world, Europe’s bishops’ conferences are supposed to have been engaged in a listening process for next October’s Synod of Bishops on the family.

“And while little has been divulged officially so far about the views collected from Catholic respondents, it’s been possible to glean some measure of the strong feelings being expressed.

“When the Vatican sent out the final report of the synod’s October 2014 Extraordinary Assembly, it asked bishops to conduct an ‘in-depth examination’ and seek out ‘practical solutions’ to the ‘innumerable challenges’ identified at the synod sessions.

“It circulated 46 questions, as part of the lineamenta, or preparatory documents, about family ministry and how the church could best tackle issues such as homosexuality, divorce and remarriage, contraception, and cohabitation …

“Europe’s fractious and divided church looks set to play a key role when the synod convenes in October.”

By Jonathan Luxmoore, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Synod releases document with new tone, calling for mercy, listening / National Catholic Reporter

Taking a decidedly different tone than many church statements in recent years, the worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops on family issues has released a document calling for the church to listen more, to respect people in their various struggles, and to apply mercy much more widely.

“Summarizing the work of the continuing meeting, known as a synod, the document acknowledges bluntly that the strict application of church doctrine is no longer enough to support people in their quest for God.

“‘It is necessary to accept people in their concrete being, to know how to support their search, to encourage the wish for God and the will to feel fully part of the Church, also on the part of those who have experienced failure or find themselves in the most diverse situations,’ states the document, released Monday (Oct. 13) morning.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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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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Lay Groups Launch Surveys to Answer Vatican Questionnaire / National Catholic Reporter

While U.S. bishops consider how best and how broad to collect information ahead of a 2014 global bishops’ meeting on family issues, several lay Catholic groups took the task into their own hands. In mid-November, a coalition of 15 church reform groups (including Voice of the Faithful) — primarily members of Catholic Organizations for Renewal — created an online survey for U.S. Catholics to offer their thoughts on the preparatory document to the 2014 Synod of Bishops, which will focus on the theme of ‘pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization.’” By Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter

Read the rest of Roewe’s report by clicking here.

Additional information on gathering input from the faithful in preparation for past synods can be found in NCR’s Joshua McElwee’s article “Experts: Wide-Range Listening for Synods a Massive Undertaking.” Click here to read the article.

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