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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on March 18, 2014.

eNewsletter Subject: Much for Catholics Think About

Food for thought today. For example, I have fleshed out my prediction in Friday's message that we need not fear the Synod on the Family: Synod 2014 on marriage: Lots of smoke, but hardly any mirrors.

But that does not mean we should not carefully evaluate proposals for the pastoral care of divorced and remarried Catholics. Theologian Robert Fastiggi has capably identified the pros and cons of Cardinal Kasper's recent suggestions. See, in our library, A Reflection on Cardinal Kasper's Speech on the Family.

Another area of growing interest in the Church is what we might call the theology of woman. Modern attempts at feminist reconstruction, while often disastrous, have raised many questions about the Church's understanding. See Maria Voce's essay, also in the library, Saving Love Everywhere.

We are also constantly challenged by events to examine more deeply the role of the Church, or of Catholics, in the public square. Here are two recent addresses by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia which explore this question in the American context:...

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