Category Archives: marriage

Synod Final Report: official English translation

At last: the official Vatican English translation of the Final Report of the Synod on the Family, published in Italian on 24 October 2015 (see CV Comment report).  SYNOD OF BISHOPS ________________________________________________ XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY THE VOCATION AND MISSION OF … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: divorced & remarried are ‘by no means excommunicated’ and must be welcomed

[Austen Ivereigh] In his first General Audience for a month, Pope Francis today stressed the importance of including and welcoming Catholics who have divorced and entered a second union, making clear that they are “by no means excommunicated”. Although such second unions “are contrary … Continue reading

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A Guide to the Family Synod, Part III: ‘The Gospel of the Family’

[The third in a series by Elizabeth Howard considering the questions that have been put to the world’s bishops’ conferences in the run-up to the Synod of Bishops in October. The previous posts are here and here.] Part II of the discussion document or Lineamenta is … Continue reading

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Ten myths about today’s Irish referendum on same-sex marriage

The Irish people go to the polls today to vote on the proposition that the following sentence should be added to the section of the Irish Constitution entitled “The Family”: Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two … Continue reading

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Questions on the family for the Church to ponder in advance of 2015 synod

The Vatican today released the English translation of the preparatory document for the October 2015 synod, which it wants the 114 bishops’ conferences of the world to disseminate. The document, known as the ‘Outline’ or Lineamenta, contains the final report of … Continue reading

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In full: Lord Sacks speech that brought Vatican conference to its feet

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Among many speeches yesterday following Pope Francis’s address to the Humanum colloquium on complementarity, that of Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, was the standout, bringing the audience of 300 in … Continue reading

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