Analysis: The English-speaking bishops at the synod want a fuller presentation of the theology of marriage, the elimination of confusing passages, and more.
NCR Today: Go Royals! Pope Francis' Machiavellian strategy; dubious corporate sponsors of breast cancer awareness; Mother Teresa for Rhode Island governor?
In all my years covering and writing about religion I've never seen a story more mangled than this week's news about the Synod summary about treatment of homosexuals.
The summary of the torrent of television and print stories might go like this: "In a reversal as profound as any in its long history, the Roman Catholic Church as followed Pope Francis' lead by welcoming homosexuality wholeheartedly into the church, wiping out centuries of condemnation and abuse."
Reaction to the news out of the synod on the family has been charged, to say the least. Yet the news itself is that of a series of shifts.
NCR Today: KC diocese settles abuse case, 11-day court battle ends; family synod synopses; threats keep feminist blogger from Utah appearance; Silicon Valley giants pay for frozen eggs.
Although Saint John Paul II emphasized the dignity of every human being, the church seemed to find little or no way to affirm that dignity. Is the Francis effect finally beginning to bear fruit in this area?
Just got this press release:
Jesuit Institutions to Honor James Foley on 41st Birthday
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Reporters have written about the emergence of "graduality" in synodal conversations this week.
Charles Kenny at Businessweek has written an important essay that debunks Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan's and his fellow Republicans' notion that private charity, especially churches, need to bear the brunt of financing the care of the poor. Like Ryan's budget, the math doesn't add up. Private charity cannot supplant federal and state programs that create the safety net for the poor. It's that simple.