Michael Sean Winters last week wrote in-depth and scholarly pieces on the October Synod of Bishops on the family. Anybody interested in learning everything that can be known in preparation for the synod needs to read these blog posts.
Synod on the Family
Among the nonvoting members of 38 observers and 16 experts appointed by the pope, the majority are laymen and laywomen, including 14 married couples.
Sept. 28 has been dedicated as a special day for prayer ahead of the Oct. 5-19 synod of bishops on the family
The Catholic church should make "unconventional couples" feel at home instead of making them targets of "de facto discrimination," the leader of the Italian Bishops Conference and an ally of Pope Francis said this week.
"Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," said Bishop Nunzio Galantino, an apparent reference to divorced and remarried Catholics.
We say: The bishops seem unaware of these threatening obstacles, many of them inherent in the very culture out of which the bishops work.
Essay: If the Synod of Bishops asked Melissa Musick Nussbaum about marriage, what would she say? Well, it starts with a little something known as Benedict's Rule.
Essay: If the Synod of Bishops asked me about marriage, what would I say? Something different than the bishops did in the synod's working document.
From where I stand: The very thought that the voice of the people is itself echoing through the church has incited alarm far too often.
For Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle, the Synod of Bishops on the family is a "hopeful" sign that the church is willing to listen to the difficulties families experience.
Faith and Justice: There is little beautiful or inspiring in the new instrumentum laboris. If married life is as boring and joyless as this document, I am glad I am celibate.