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Synod on the Family 2014-2015

 A FAMILY EMBRACE; RENEWING THE CHURCH’S PASTORAL SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE
The church must reach out to families where they are, but this does not mean leaving them where they are.

 A NON-SYNODAL RECEPTION FOR A POST-SYNODAL EXHORTATION
Three months after the publication of Amoris laetitia, the reception is underway, and various commentators already are noting the wide differences in the hermeneutics of the post-synodal exhortation.

 A Synod As Francis Commands
The synod of bishops is the structure of Church governance that with Pope Francis is in the most advanced phase of revision. A comprehensive project of reform has not yet been elaborated. but meanwhile substantial innovations are already underway.

 A TOP VATICAN CANONIST ARGUES FOR PASTORAL FLEXIBILITY
It sounds like the Synod of Bishops on the family has let loose with some of the “frank and open” talk encouraged by Pope Francis.

 BALDISSERI; SYNOD REFORM IS IN PROGRESS
In an interview, the cardinal announced that a seminar exclusively for specialists is being organised for February and confirmed the Pope's intention to publish an apostolic exhortation on the family.

 BATTLE LINES DRAWN
the Synod Fathers are sharply divided between those who are supporting Pope Francis in his efforts to present a more pastoral vision of the Church and those determined first and foremost to emphasise its moral teaching.

 BETWEEN ONE SYNOD AND ANOTHER, THE BATTLE CONTINUES
The most active are the cardinals, the bishops, the theologians who want to innovate in Church doctrine and practice on marriage and homosexuality. But in the first round of elections for the next synod, the defenders of tradition are much more numerous.

 CAN A SYNOD BE MANIPULATED?
The truth is, yes, they can and, yes, they have been in the past. The accusation of manipulation now comes from a group of conservative cardinals who have written to the Pope complaining the process is being moved in a more progressive direction.

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