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Synod on the Family

The real synod has yet to arrive

Robert Mickens writes (NCR 12 October 2015) about Synod procedures and makes the following comment, which is worth reflecting upon.

Without a doubt, the pope has many allies, even among bishops, who are trying to help him reform the mentality, procedures and structures in the church. But when it comes to the Synod of Bishops, even many of them are still thinking with the old status quo rather than by creatively and more profoundly plumbing the church's tradition.

It is disappointing and disturbing how many among them -- or anyone in the church -- do not even have a correct understanding of the nature of the synod.

For example, it's neither correct nor helpful to refer to the "synod on the family" or "this year's synod." This only reinforces the erroneous notion that the synod exists only for those few weeks whenever the pope explicitly calls the bishops to Rome.

No, the Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution. The gatherings, like the one currently taking place in Rome, are called assemblies or sessions.   

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Reports of the Working Groups on the first part of the Instrumentum Laboris

Synod15 - the fourth general congregation: 

See http://www.news.va/en/news/278661

This morning, during the fourth general congregation of the XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, the reports of 13 small language groups were presented to the Synod. These groups convened between 6 to 8 October to reflect on the introduction and first part of the Instrumentum Laboris in the light of contributions made in the Synod hall during the first three plenary sessions.

Here are the texts of the Reports by the 13 Small Groups for this first working

Report – French Group “A”

Report – French Group “B”

Report – French Group “C”

Report – English Group “A”

Report – English Group “B”

Report – English Group “C”

Report – English Group “D”

Report – Italian Group “A”

Report – Italian Group “B”

Report – Italian Group “C”

Report – Spanish Group “A”

Report – Spanish Group “B”

Report – German Group


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Viewpoint: Why we need to talk about gender


The following article is a reworking of a talk given by Dr Gillian Paterson, Research Fellow, Heythrop College, University of London at the ACTA meeting on The Synod and the Modern World. Dr Paterson was in Rome for the beginning of the Synod, and was a panelist at the symposium to launch the book 'Catholic Women Speak'.


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