Category Archives: Synod2015

Friday’s exhortation will be a landmark in Church’s ‘pastoral conversion’

[Austen Ivereigh] Bearing the simple, uplifting title of ‘the Joy of Love’, Pope Francis’s eagerly awaited post-synodal apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family will be released on Friday, bearing the signature date of 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph, protector of … Continue reading

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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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Bishop of Lancaster translates Synod’s final report

Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster, who completed his priesthood studies in Rome, has produced a working translation of the synod’s final report, which can be downloaded in PDF from his diocesan website here. It is an excellent, accurate rendition, and dependable. … Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols on the synod: priests need a ‘readiness to listen’

  The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has reflected on the Synod in a pastoral letter that was read out at the parishes of his diocese yesterday. In it he spoke of families as “the flesh” of the Church, and said … Continue reading

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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 (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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