Whatever the failures of the Church and challenges of the modern world, what people most need is to encounter God in Christ. Only here will they find goodness and beauty purified and perfected. In this article, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP explores our modern culture, and discusses our yearning for love, for service, and for truth.
Throughout the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, which concluded on October 19, there appeared a fair amount of hysteria. Some read the Synod as "an earthquake" while others bewailed it as a deep betrayal of Church teaching. In actuality, everyone should take a deep breath and allow the Holy Spirit to work in his preferred, often messy fashion.
Continuing his series of Wednesday catechesis on the Church, Pope Francis devoted his October 22 general audience to the Church as the Body of Christ.
Pope Francis closed the two week Synod on the Family, with a speech that received a four minute standing ovation. He described the Synod as a journey that combined both fatigue and joy.
Over the weekend a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the Message of the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to the “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation” (5-19 October). The speakers were Cardinals Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparecida, Brazil, delegate president; Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and president of the Commission for the Message and Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, India.
With unprecedented transparency, the Pope called for the Synod's midterm report to be openly distributed. It includes a full list and the votes on the proposals being considered. The document is the edited and approved version of the midterm report presented by Cardinal Erdo, which had 470 proposals. As of now though, the votes don't have any weight as far as implementation.
At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Pope Francis addressed the assembled Fathers, thanking them for their efforts and encouraging them to continue to journey. Here is Vatican Radio's provisional translation of Pope Francis' address to the Synod Fathers:
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No. There’s no change whatsoever in the Catholic Church’s teaching and doctrine on marriage and sexuality, contrary to what you may be hearing.
The Synod, which is an advisory body, will hand in its final report this Saturday.
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