The Synod of Bishops on the Family is now underway at the Vatican. Pope Francis, the bishops, clergy and laypeople will meet for two weeks (Oct. 5 - Oct. 19) to discuss pastoral challenges to the family. Keep up with America's daily coverage and analysis here.
The Urgency of Pastoral Outreach: How do we make the goals of the Synod of the Family a reality? Helen Alvaré (7/21)
The "instrumentum laboris," or working document for the coming October Synod on the Family, is a rather overwhelming wish list of pastoral outreach initiatives that the universal church hopes the local church will undertake more fully and better than before. Read more.
Love Me Tender: The synod calls us to consider the vocation of the Christian family, Valerie Schultz (7/20)
We have an openhearted role model in Pope Francis, who embraces the world in all her tawdriness and tells her, sincerely and tenderly, that he loves her and God loves her. He reminds us that we all are capable of, and called to, great joy. Love first; ask questions later, he seems to say, which the document calls the pope’s “pastoral creativity.” Read more.
The Promise of Synod 2014 (10/21)
Five Things the Synod Just Did (10/18)
The Synod Is On The Home Stretch (10/15)
Talking About Marriage and Family
Family Portraits: Discussion starters for the upcoming synod, Nathan Schneider, Ginny and Bob Kane, Valerie Schultz, Rebecca Peters, Maurice Timothy Reidy, Kevin Clarke, Rev. Alexander M. Santora
The Nuclear Option: A call to refocus on the love between a man and a woman, Cornelius F. Murphy Jr.
Revisiting Remarriage, Mary Ann Walsh, R.S.M.
Raise Up the Roof: Families with disabilities belong at the synod too, Maria Cataldo-Cunniff
Encountering Christ: One couple’s journey in faith, Martha and Rubén Luján
Father Thomas Rosica of Salt & Light Television talks about the upcoming synod on the family on "America This Week" on SiriusXM.