Monthly Archives: October 2015

From the synod (7): The creative tension of local and universal

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] One of the effects of the Francis pontificate has been to allow a new discussion in the Church of the fruitful tension between the universal and the local. The very nature of the reformed synod now … Continue reading

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From the synod (6): Statements on the ‘Letter of the 13’ (updated)

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome]: As so often in synods, the greatest excitement for journalists comes from leaks and contradictory statements. Although it is a distraction from the main business of the synod, and distorts the true picture of what … Continue reading

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From the synod (5): Despite reservations, the new machinery appears to be working

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Being close to the synod has been like watching a very complex piece of new machinery sputter into life, with many standing around wondering how it is all going to work, a vocal minority complaining that its engineering is … Continue reading

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From the Synod (4): why the Pope warned against conspiracy theorists

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] It is now clearer why Pope Francis unexpectedly intervened in the synod hall on Tuesday. What was not shared with journalists — but tweeted yesterday by Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, one of the Pope’s nominees … Continue reading

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From the Synod (3): Pope seeks to broaden discussion

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The synod’s second day breathed more freely after synod fathers made clear to journalists that yesterday’s lengthy speech by the Relator, Cardinal Péter Erdö, had not closed off discussion of the issue of sacraments for … Continue reading

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From the synod (2) Francis frames synod as ‘protected space’ for Holy Spirit to act through Church

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The synod of bishops is not a place for reaching agreement but a “protected space in which the Church experiences the action of the Holy Spirit”, Pope Francis told delegates gathered for the synod’s first working … Continue reading

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From the synod (1) Francis sets parameters

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome]. In two powerful eve-of-synod homilies, Pope Francis has put down clear markers for the three-week deliberation that opens tomorrow, warning about pressure from wealthy countries and calling on the Church to roll up its sleeves to help the wounded … Continue reading

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