A KEY MOMENT IN CHURCH HISTORY: YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED

A KEY MOMENT IN CHURCH HISTORY: YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED

by Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

While our media headlines here have been full of the Oscar Pistorius sentencing and the Dewani trial, the Synod on the Family has been creating headlines worldwide.

This Synod grabbed the attention of the world for several reasons. It dealt with matters which impact all of us in one way or another; it gave us a window into the way the church operates and into the different worldviews which exist within the magisterium of the church; it allowed ordinary Catholics (and indeed the world) to see that the Bishops have different views and that we have embarked on a journey to try and collectively discover and respond to God's leading in the context of our faith and the society in which each one of us has to live it. 

Family Synod, Part III: A mixed bag? by Russell Pollitt SJ on Daily Maverick

Family Synod, Part III: A mixed bag? 

by Russell Pollitt SJ

A week of robust debate at the Vatican has come to an end, and the official English translation of the report is anticipated sometime soon. There’s been a mixed response to the discussion, with some applauding the progress made and others voicing disappointment that there has not been enough forward motion. Most importantly, are we even looking at all the most relevant issues? Perhaps not.

Article written by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ on Daily Maverick

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Family Synod, Part II: An unexpected document… and the aftermath by Russell Pollitt SJ on Daily Maverick

Family Synod, Part II: An unexpected document… and the aftermath

by Russell Pollitt SJ

Making headlines, to describe the unexpected interim document on the Family Synod that came out of the Vatican on Monday, were things like “A stunning change”, “A Catholic earthquake” and “A bombshell document from the Vatican”. Twitter was abuzz with comments and most major news networks commented on the story. These headlines were followed, hours later, by others that said things such as “Here’s why Church teaching on ‘gay marriage’ did not change today” and “One of the worst documents drafted in Church history!” Some are excited and hopeful; others are clearly disappointed.

Article written by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ on Daily Maverick

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