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Synod on the Family, Part IV


Yesterday, I sketched what I thought were the major themes in both Cardinal Walter Kasper’s treatment of the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics and the treatment of the same issue by those who disagree with Kasper, using an essay by five Dominicans and a canon lawyer as illustrative of that opposition. Today, I would like to turn to my own wrestlings with this difficult issue, mindful that this autumn’s Synod will not be looking for solutions but, instead, focusing on the state of the question.

Say It Isn't So - Chicago Edition


Marco Tosati, at La Stampa, predicts that the next Archbishop of Chicago will be Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix - "un candidato forte." One wishes the other bishop in Arizona, +Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, was young enough to return to Chicago as the Windy City's next archbishop, but he isn't. I suspect the Congregation for Bishops will be looking elsewhere for this selection.

Prayers for Peace


The Archdiocese of Washington released two short videos of recent prayers for peace in the Mideast. The first video is from a Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral, with excerpts from Cardinal Donald Wuerl's remarks. The second is from an Interfaith Service at the St. Pope John Paul II Shrine. We should never undervalue the importance of prayer, indeed, in the face of the multi-faceted challenges in that troubled region, and the manifestations of such violence and evil, prayer may be the only option.  



RC Schools and Social Capital


Nicole Garnett and Margaret Brinig will be coming to Washington to discuss their important new book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community, September 17, 2014, at the Metropolitan Club, 1700 H Street, NW at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Notre Dame's ACE program at 

I reviewed this important book here.

Garnett and Brinig will do another such event the following night at the University of Pennsylvania's Newman Center at 5:30. 


Synod on the Family, Part III


Continuing my curtain raisers for the Synod on the Family, now we come to what I suspect will be the thorniest issue facing the synod, an assessment of the Church’s pastoral practice regarding those Catholics who have divorced and remarried. Already, the lines have been drawn, with Cardinal Kasper calling for different approaches and others insisting that nothing, absolutely nothing, can change.


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