20. okt. 2014
Fr. James Martin, SJ, America Magazine, skriver på din facebook væg:
The Synod...is not over.
Pope Francis has more or less unleashed a torrent of openness among the world's bishops. Topics that were previously taboo were spoken about freely. Here are some important roundups in the wake of the conclusion of the first session of the Synod on the Family. Remember that part two of the Synod will come next year. In between is the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which the Pope will likely attend, and where family issues will surely be in the forefront.
First, Cardinal Vincent Nichols hints at what many observers had said on Sunday: that the controversial three paragraphs on gays and lesbians (and perhaps on divorced and remarried Catholics as well) did not pass not because some bishops did not favor movement on those topics, but because some bishops did not think they went far enough.
Second, Thomas J. Reese, SJ, sees the Synod as a "win for openness." http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/synod-win-francis-and-openness
Third, John Thavis reminds us that it really isn't over at all. http://www.johnthavis.com/a-few-more-thoughts-on-a-synod-that-hasnt-ended#.VEUL3Pl4p6U
Fourth, my friend Archbishop Kurtz, president of the USCCB, looks ahead to the next session in this video:
And finally, in case you haven't read it, here is Pope Francis's moving closing address, which, in a sense, sets a course for the coming year. Keep praying! http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/10/18/pope_francis_speech