09Feb Synod consultation; user friendly version

Pádraig McCarthy offers a re-phrased version of the discussion questions of the consultation document for the Synod, since the questions as posed in the official document are not user-friendly; and also the paragraph reference numbers to the Relatio are inaccurate.
It may be of interest to some users of the ACP website.

14Jan Synod on the Family – Second Consultation

Australia's catholic bishops have produced a new questionnaire of 30 questions, based on the 46 proposed by the Vatican, to survey Catholics' attitudes to issues relating to family life. The consultation is to help inform October's Synod on the Family.

11Dec New Synod questionnaire on family issues issued by Vatican website

For your information we publish the New Synod questionnaire on family issues published by the Vatican. It requests episcopal conferences to choose a suitable manner of involving all components of the particular churches and academic institutions, organizations, lay movements and other ecclesial associations.

30Oct Final Report of Synod – English translation

For your information we carry the English translation of the final document of the Synod.

21Oct Stones still Standing

Chris McDonnell reflects on the recent synod.
"What’s changed?
We don’t deny the faith of earlier generations by asking that question".
Chris is a retired head teacher having taught in London, Leeds and on Merseyside. Married with three children and eight grandchildren. He is a regular contributor to discussion in the catholic press, journals and blogs.

14Oct Synod on the Family: mid way document

The " post discussion report" of the General Rapporteur, Card. Péter Erdő is published here in full so you can read it and form your own opinions.
Certainly, the tone and language are entirely different to what we are accustomed to hearing in Vatican documents in recent years.

30Sep An Open Letter to Cardinal Pell

Canberra-Goulburn Catholic priest Peter Day quizzes Cardinal Pell about his outspokenness in reasserting the church’s longstanding exclusion of divorced and remarried people from communion ahead of October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. ‘Has a simple, inclusive and profound ‘family’ meal been overwhelmed by an impersonal and, often times, sterile institutional sacrifice; one that tends towards mass exclusion?’

28Sep A civil war in the Church?

Brendan Hoban in his Western People column questions the commitment of the leadership of the Irish Church to follow Pope Francis on the issue of family.
"Ireland will be represented at the synod in Rome by an archbishop and a nun. In a way no more needs to be said about the response of the Irish Church. While both may well be up to speed on the realities of marriage and family life in Ireland today, neither is married or has children so the signals are all wrong. Isn’t it inexpressibly sad for our Church that there was in Ireland no one the Irish bishops could find to trust who was married and had children?"

13Sep Statement on the Synod, Association of Catholic Priests

Statement issued by the Association of Catholic Priests on the forthcoming Synod on the Family.

11Sep Synod On The Family; Expectations Of A Diocesan Bishop

Johan Bonny, Bishop of Antwerp, Belgium, has written of his expectations of the forthcoming synod.

It is a longish document but well worth reading in its entirety. The following excerpts are meant to only give a flavour of what he has written.

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