Five thoughts on the midpoint document “Relatio post disceptationem” issued by the Extraordinary Synod on the Family
1. The document summarizes the discussions among the 250 bishops who were invited to this synod. Note that given an approximation of 5,000 bishops in the world today, the number of bishops who are participating in this synod number roughly 5% of the entire episcopal body. Therefore there can be no claim made that the c
There seems to be much buzz this morning on FB about the saying, “God will not give you more than you can handle.” Folks seem to have no problem labeling this statement as a nice, bumper-sticker, feel-better sentiment that, in truth, is far from reality. Before we eagerly jump on the bandwagon in the quest to abolish this saying in all of its pleasantry, we might want to reflect a bit more.
As a Catholic Christian, I would like to offer the c
If I were to ask a dozen people “what is the worst thing that could happen in life,” I have no doubt that “death of a loved one” would be a common response, and if I were to ask what could be even worse than the death of a loved one, no doubt an even more heart-wrenching response would be “the death of a loved one who was also a child.” Today marks the two-year anniversary of the death of my youngest son, who unexpectedly passed from this life to the next shortly after his birth. I am than
I have prepared a series of quotations from the encyclical Lumen fidei which may serve as a quick guide to some of the most salient aspects of the document. I have omitted commentary so as not to introduce anything foreign to this guide. The references following each citation alert you to where you will find the citation in the full encyclical. I encourage you to read the entire document, available here:
Not only has the Vatican released Pope Francis' first encyclical today (which is dated for the Solemnity of Peter and Paul on June 29th), it also announced both expected and not-so-expected canonization news: The expected news is that Bl. John Paul II is cleared for canonization. But the unexpected news is that Blessed John XXIII has also been cleared for canonization without the normally-requisite miracle! In all other recent cases (of which I am aware), the long (sometime
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Many Catholics do not realize that all Fridays of the year that do not fall on Solemnities, and not simply Fridays during Lent, are days of obligatory penance. Since Friday is the day of the week that Our Lord accepted his death in order to give us divine life, we honor Fridays in a particular way as commemorative of His Passion. Although during Fridays of Lent the type of penance takes the form of abstinence from meat, on Fridays outside
Many eyes are already looking to Rome on Holy Thursday to see whether Papa Francesco will wash the feet of any women at the juvenile prison where he will be celebrating Mass. The prison consists of 48 juveniles, consisting of 39 men and 9 women (and interestingly, the majority of the inmates are Muslim!). As the picture to the left shows, Archbishop Bergoglio has included women in the Holy Thursday footwashings in the past.
Today the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass - the Mass of the Lord's Supper - in a very unusual place: a prison! The Vatican reports the following: "The Mass of the Lord's Supper is characterized by the announcement of the commandment of love and the gesture of washing the feet. In his ministry as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Bergoglio used to celebrate the Mass in a prison or hospital or hospice for the poor and marginalized. With this cele