Simply Spirit: The third week of January (January 18-25) is devoted to prayers for Christian unity. Not long ago, I found myself longing for the day of Eucharistic table sharing.
NCR Today: Switzerland's new nuncio, U.S. Archbishop Thomas Gullickson, 66, called himself the Swiss church's advocate in matters beyond the competence of local bishops in a recent interview.
Just Catholic: I think it is a serious misstep on the part of the powers-that-be to assume that a) everybody knows what went on at the synod; b) anybody cares.
The Field Hospital: Newark priests contacted by NCR indicated that a letter reviewing who is welcome to Communion, sent to pastors from Archbishop John Myers, has had little pastoral impact.
Pope Francis set traditionalist teeth on edge yet again by seeming to suggest that a Lutheran could receive communion in the Catholic church after consulting her conscience.
The group of German speaking prelates at the ongoing synod has presented a way that certain divorced and remarried Catholic persons might be allowed to take Communion in the church.
Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who support gay marriage or whose own marriage is invalid in the eyes of the church.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
When Nigerian-born defensive lineman Israel Idonije isn't on the gridiron, he's running a business that sells pre-filled Communion cups to churches.
As the Synod on the family draws near, there seems to be an effort by traditionalists to shift the focus to doctrine rather than serving the pastoral needs of people.