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Catholic Culture Trusted Commentary

This couldn't be just a coincidence

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 17, 2015

On the opening day of the Synod meeting in October, the Gospel reading will drive home a very timely message:

...What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder....

Whoever divorces his wife and marries another, commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.

This reading, from the regular sequence for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, was chosen for this day long ago-- long before the "Kasper proposal" was introduced. But could any other passage be more appropriate? 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: shrink - Jul. 26, 2016 5:27 PM ET USA

    The murder of the French priest was like that of the martyrdom of Fr. Christopher in Mexico circa 1927. The trauma of witness galvanized the will of the Mexican boy, Jose Luis, to join the Catholic resistance. Jose and the Mexican peasantry had the incomparable advantage then of living in a space and time absent the pervasive influence of cultural Marxists. French youth today have no such advantage and have instead been steeped in the same ideology that drove the Federales to murder.