Monthly Archives: October 2015

From the synod (17): Cardinal Nichols on pathway for divorced and remarried: ‘It’s their decision’

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The Archbishop of Westminster has defended the freedom of the divorced and remarried to reach a decision in conscience on the Eucharist after following the ‘pathway’ described in the final synod document. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, who is president … Continue reading

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From the synod (16): Final report sets new direction for Church

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The synod’s final report, approved in its entirety by 265 voting members yesterday evening, has spelled out ways in which the Catholic Church across the world can both bolster the family and help integrate and heal those who are … Continue reading

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From the synod (15): Pope Francis’s speech following final report

Dear Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies, Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like first of all to thank the Lord, who has guided our synodal process in these years by his Holy Spirit, whose support is never lacking to the Church. … Continue reading

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From the synod (14): How the synod will change the Church

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] When the final report is read to the synod this afternoon and voted on, and later — it is widely assumed — published together with the voting tallies, it will not contain any specific recommendation on the flagship … Continue reading

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From the synod (12): Door remains open to sacraments for remarried divorcés

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The small-group reports from the synod’s final crucial final week show that while opposition remains determined, most bishops are open to continuing to explore the possibility of communion for civilly remarried divorcés. But there is … Continue reading

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From the synod (11): What to expect from the final week

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] As the synod begins its final, deciding week, the 270 voting members have gone back into their 13 small groups to thrash out amendments to the final, crucial third part of the Instrumentum Laboris. After discussions … Continue reading

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