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.
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.
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:
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.
On Wednesday, October 15 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal in the Carter case. It will decide whether the Criminal Code’s prohibition of assisted suicide is constitutional. If the prohibition is struck down, doctors will be involved in assisted suicide and euthanasia. As physicians, we have followed with a growing sense of dismay the public debate over whether to introduce into medical practice the act of inflicting death. We write to you today to give a medical perspective on this crucial debate.
The “Catholic Church hates gay people” is a misconception floating around society. I’m sure Catholics have heard it many times. I don’t know about you, but I always wonder why people believe this misconception. My guess? Many Catholic individuals don’t know how to properly express love. When the Church’s individuals fail to express love, the Church loses its identity.
The historian and theologian Martin Marty commented that our debates today about sex and authority are analogous to the arguments in the early centuries of the Church’s life concerning Christology and to the disputes about anthropology and salvation around the time of the Reformation. Those two previous dust-ups took several centuries to resolve, and Marty suggests that we might be in the midst of another centuries long controversy.
After the summary document released Monday by the synod's general secretariat generated worldwide media attention and intense debate among the synod fathers, a Vatican press office statement today attempts to clarify the nature and purpose of the document.
You’re out running errands for the afternoon or you’re in the middle of making dinner and you get the call that whatever you were expecting to happen that evening for the youth activity-isn’t going to happen. Even the best of planners have an activity that falls through at the last minute. And we’re here to help with 5 last-minute ideas… that aren’t basketball.
In his thanksgiving Mass for the canonization of two Canadian saints Pope Francis said that a true missionary goes out of himself, boldly bringing God’s message of love to all without distinction.
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