October 08, 2015 7:28 PM A secret plot to control the Synod? No; it's not secret at all. By Phil Lawler
In an unscheduled address to the Synod of Bishops yesterday, we’re told, Pope Francis told the participants that they should not indulge in conspiracy theories about secret plots to manipulate the result of the Synod. The Holy...
October 08, 2015 5:41 PM What about Catholic affirmation for those in false marriages? By Dr. Jeff Mirus
It would be a grave mistake for the Church to start speaking positively about intrinsically inauthentic “marriages”. I refer here to the pleas of a few Synod fathers that the Church must explicitly recognize and commend what...
October 07, 2015 Free eBook: Pope Francis' Catechesis on the Family By Dr. Jeff Mirus
Between the two Synods on the Family, Pope Francis devoted the majority of his Wednesday audiences to a catechesis on the family in 28 parts. These begain last December, and finished just a few weeks before the current Synod...
October 06, 2015 A different tone at this Synod?
Phil Lawler noticed right away that there was a different tone from the first at this Synod, compared with last year's: At Synod's opening session, evidence of a different dynamic. I believe you'll see this also in Pope Francis'...
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Ordinary Time: October 9th
Optional Memorial of St. Denis, bishop and martyr and companions, martyrs; St. John Leonardi, priest; Bl. John Henry Newman (Eng/Wales)
St. John Leonardi (1543-1609), a zealous Italian apostle, founded the congregation of the Mother of God, whose priest-members traveled throughout Tuscany urging the people to a stronger interest in their religion. Fr. John Leonardi longed... More
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October 07, 2015 The Family Rosary: A Month for Renewal By Jennifer Gregory Miller
October 7 is the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary, but the entire month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, which makes it another liturgical opportunity for renewal. The liturgical seasons of Lent and Advent are times for...
October 06, 2015 Church Fathers: St. Clement of Alexandria, Part I By Thomas Van
St. Clement was the first great writer of the catechetical school of Alexandria, a city which under his influence became the intellectual center of Christianity. It was he who first made philosophy the handmaid of theology. Quasten calls...