A Website Note on the Synod by Bishop Timothy Doherty
Oct. 15, 2014
On Monday, October 13, 2014, Cardinal Peter Erdö provided a midway report to Synod on Marriage and Family. The meeting continues until the 18th. “The reflections put forward…are intended to raise questions and indicate perspectives that will have to be matured” before the General Synod in October 2015. “These are not decisions that have been made nor simply points of view (par. 58).”
I want to point out two things resulting from the report. First, the report is a ‘working paper,’ a discussion starter. The cardinal’s report summarizes issues raised by the 2013 world survey effort. His text exhorts Synod committees to continue a Gospel-based and charity-infused... Read more
To read the full text of the midway report click this link: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2014/10/13/0751/03037.html
2014-10-01 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) In moments of darkness, our lament becomes a prayer, but we must guard ourselves against overdramatizing our complaints and remember that there are people experiencing “great tragedies” who have good reason to lament, like the Christians driven from their homes for the faith, said Pope Francis Tuesday during Mass at Casa Santa Marta.
Reflecting on the First Reading of the day, in which Job curses the day he was born, the Pope noted that his prayer at first appears to us like a curse. Pope Francis recalled how Job was “put to the test”, how he “lost his entire family, everything he possessed”, how he lost his health and “his body had become a plague, a disgusting plague". The Pope said in that moment "he had lost all patience and he says these things. They are ugly! But he was always accustomed to speak the truth and this is the truth that he feels at that moment”. Pope Francis recalled how even Jeremiah, "uses almost the same words: 'Cursed be the day I was born!'", and then he asked: "But is this man blaspheming? This is my question: Is this man who is so very alone, blaspheming?”. Read More