Dear Mr. Robinson,
The furor over the 2014 Synod on the Family is subsiding only slowly, as everyone seems to be struggling to switch gears.
Phil Lawler finds himself concerned over negative attitudes toward Pope Francis, often expressed in distinctly unedifying ways. He covers both sides of the question in The Pope is not the problem.
What is lingering most, I think, is hard feelings over the Kasper Proposal. I try to replace heat with light on this issue: Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine.
In any case, if you’d like to see the best fruits of this particular discussion, putting the family at the center of the New Evangelization, take a look at this: Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal.
Meanwhile, I confess I have a fresh concern that bears serious consideration: Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip?
And now, reluctantly, I wonder whether we need to create an Episcopal Loose Cannon Award? It was sad to see some bishops blasting away at the Synod as soon as it closed:
- Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England (not to be confused with the great English Dominican theologian Aidan Nichols): Synod’s final document insufficiently welcoming to homosexuals.
- Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence in the USA: Rhode Island bishop critiques synod.
We really do need to move on. Pope Francis helps with three excellent addresses:
- The Final Destination of the People of God (latest catechesis on the Church)
- Do Not Limit Yourselves to Merely Acting as Priests (address to the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy)
- Render to God the Things that Are God’s (homily at the beatification of Pope Paul VI, noteworthy for his praise of Pope Paul toward the end)
Meanwhile, this past Wednesday was the first time the Church has celebrated the feast of Pope Saint John Paul II. Jennifer Gregory Miller explains her top ten reasons for the importance of JPII to her family.
Finally, the Pontifical Biblical Commission has completed its most recent five-year cycle by releasing a new document on the inspiration and truth of Sacred Scripture. I can’t wait until this important text becomes available in English!
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