Tag Archives: Synod on the Family

PAUL COLLINS. Sniffing the Ecclesiastical Wind

  There’s one thing you have to concede to Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane: he can unerringly sniff the direction of the wind in the Vatican; mind you, he’s a frequent visitor to Rome. He’s spotted that Pope Francis is … Continue reading

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Michael Kelly SJ. As Holy Mother Church has always taught.

At times I have to pinch myself to be alert to what’s going on right now in the Catholic Church and to fathom the depth of it. Throughout history, we have seen change come abruptly. It happened in Europe and … Continue reading

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Eric Hodgens. Hope After The Synod?

In Greek synod means on the way together – (odos means a way; syn means together). The model is peripatetic– walking around. Aristotle used to walk round with his disciples discussing issues and his school got called the Peripatetic School. … Continue reading

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Paul Collins. The Synod on the Family – Success or Failure?

I was talking recently about the Synod with a very experienced parish priest. He said that if the bishops thought we were all waiting with bated breath for their decision regarding the divorced remarried receiving Communion, then they really do … Continue reading

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The Synod on the Family – What’s really happening?

Editorial (No.10, October 2015, updated 16/10/2015)   Catholics for Renewal. The 14th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops Rome, 4-25 October 2015 “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church “ The Synod on the Family – … Continue reading

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Michael Kelly SJ. George Pell’s own goal.

A Catholic friend of mine who spent his professional life as a journalist at what was the then rather WASPISH Melbourne Age told me in the 1980s that two sports dominated that paper’s pages – Australian Rules football and Catholic … Continue reading

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Eric Hodgens. Celibacy – Icon of Clericalism.

The Catholic Church October synod was surprisingly successful. Unlike previous synods the discussion was open. The focus was pastoral rather than legal. Questions like Communion for divorcees, living together without being married, homosexual relationships, contraception are now on the table. … Continue reading

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Peter Day. An Open Letter to Cardinal Pell

Dear Cardinal Pell, In the lead-up to next month’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family you and a number of your confreres are re-asserting the church’s longstanding exclusion of divorced and remarried people from communion. Your foreword to The … Continue reading

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Paul Collins. Much ado about nothing?

The 2014-15 Synod on ThePastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization  Around Christmas 2013 there was much ado in the Australian Catholic community about the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family called by Pope Francis for … Continue reading

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Garry Everett. Where angels fear to tread in the Catholic Church.

One of the significant and pressing pastoral theological issues currently dividing opinion among the hierarchy and among the laity of the Church, is the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics, and their access to eucharist, writes Garry Everett. Pastoral theology … Continue reading

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