Category Archives: Synod2014

From the synod (8): a conversation that is just beginning

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome:] For those who like their bishops to be of one mind, the Church’s teaching to look consistent and timeless, and in general those who prefer tidiness to disorder, this synod has been a nightmare. Ever since … Continue reading

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From the synod (7): Ignoring pressure groups, bishops confident in process

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Two synod fathers told journalists today that their discussions have been unaffected by lobbies and media reports of divisions, and that they expect to end with a document that reflects the thinking of the synod: one that is faithful to church teaching … Continue reading

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From the synod (6): Interim report holds issues in tension while breaking new ground

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The ‘interim report’ – full text here — read out this morning by the synod’s Hungarian relator, Cardinal Peter Erdö, masterfully holds in balance the various issues in contention while resolutely breaking new ground in … Continue reading

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From the Synod (1): Pope calls for disagreement, openness to Holy Spirit

[From Austen Ivereigh in Rome] Pope Francis has led a weekend of spiritual preparation for the extraordinary synod of bishops, which formally began today, urging its participants to be frank in disagreement but at peace with one another, and above … Continue reading

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