Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/27/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Church will be emphasizing core Christian teachings.

A preliminary Vatican document blames ineffective Church teaching for the struggles that faithful Catholics have in following Church instruction around the world. Church teachings on issues such as marriage and the family have often not been taught or been so poorly explained so millions of Catholics don't follow them, unaware they are not only straying from the teachings of the Church but missing the wonderful graces which come from living faithfully the fullness of the plan of God for marriage family life.

October's synod will feature extensive discussion of the pastoral mission of the Church.

October's synod will feature extensive discussion of the pastoral mission of the Church.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/27/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: October, Synod, church, Pope Francis, letter, sneak peak


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The upcoming Synod of the Bishops to be held in October will be the first of two yearly meetings of the bishops to focus on the theme of the "pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization."

The upcoming synod has left the media and bloggers speculating on what Pope Francis has in store for the Church. Some even speculate that if he plans to make any sweeping changes, this would be his moment.

Some have applied their own agenda and others overlay biased narratives. They misinterpret the pastoral encouragement of Pope Francis for Bishops and priests to lead more with their heart as some kind of indication that he will change what cannot be changed, the teaching of the Scriptures and the unbroken tradition of the Church concerning the Lords plan for marriage and the family.

Let us pray for our Church!

Speculation has gone so far in some circles as to suggest that the Synod may somehow "modernize" the Church. The very use of the word "modern" reveals the presupposition that the teaching of the Church is some outdated imposition on "freedom". This is the exact opposite of the truth. In fact, some of what is being called "modern" is simply a return to old fashioned paganism.

The folks who write, print or pass on this nonsense find ample room in an increasingly propagandized press to share their notion that the Synod might somehow alter the teachings of the Church on moral issues such as the absolute prohibition of homosexual practice or the use of  contraceptives.

These wild speculations are often just propaganda from people with an agenda to change the church rather than be changed by the church. They simply do not agree with the liberating message of human freedom which Christianity offers. They try to claim the pope as their own and to co-opt him into their camp. This isn't going to happen -none of it. Not at all.

For some, Pope Francis appears to be "radical" because he emphasizes a message that may have been somewhat neglected in certain parts of the Church. That is the emphasis on pastoral care for the poor, the sick and disenfranchised. This isn't radical, Jesus himself lived and proclaimed this love of preference for the poor. (See, Matt. 25). The word radical means - to the root. So, in that sense, it may be radical. It calls the Church back to her roots. 

The release of a letter in anticipation of the synod reveals just how wrong the media gossip has been. Pope Francis is prepared to issue fresh instruction that is entirely consistent with the  tradition of the Church and the core teachings of Jesus Christ.

The document is intended to help bishops to prepare for the synod. It briefs them on what will be discussed. The letter talks about the myriad of challenges the contemporary age presents such as cultural relativism and hedonism. Modern culture is often confusing Catholics. They buy the agenda of the day rather than listening to Church teachings and following them. Also, the Church must do a better job educating the lay faithful and sharing her message of freedom to a world spiraling into a moral abyss.. 

The letter deals with some important issues. First on the list is abortion which is labeled as a "critical situation." Abortion is nothing more than legalized murder of our first neighbors in the womb, but the opponents of life have steeped modern civilization in the language of culture of death. The anti-life movement has successfully distorted the thinking of Catholics throughout the world and has made things like abortion, abortifacients, and contraceptives appear okay to Catholics.

The document also criticizes what it refers to as a "counter-witness" from within the Church.  This counter-witness has  seriously weakened the Church's moral credibility and must be swiftly addressed.

The document also laments how single parents and the divorced may feel unwelcome in Church. No human being should ever be unwelcome in the Church.

However, it also speaks out against cohabitation -the living together or a couple without being married. This trend is on the rise in the United States and parts of Europe.

On issues regarding same-sex 'marriage' and contraception, the document could not be more clear.   The use of artificial contraception is sinful. Period.

Marriage can only exist between a man and a woman and it goes so far as to recommend that phrases such as "gay," "homosexual," and "lesbian" no longer be used because people should not identify themselves by their sexuality, it diminishes the value of the person.

Instead of turning the Church upside down in some kind of revolution, the October synod is far more likely to bring about a doubling-down on core Church teachings. Changes will come in the renewed emphasis on pastoral care. The Church will be called to find ways to be even more compassionate, and more effective in teachings these important understandings to the people.

A final thing must be understood. The teachings of the Church do not come from the Pope, nor the bishops, nor any committee. They come from the Holy Spirit. It is not up to anyone, not even Church officials, to alter the loving plan of a loving God.

Instead, the role of the Church is to offer through clear teaching, and demonstrated love, the truth that the message of the Gospel brings authentic freedom, happiness and human flourishing to all men and women of every age. She is to be an example of the ultimate Christian society.

This October, let us listen and pay attention. The message of the Church isn't oppressive or controlling. It's amazingly liberating. It's salvation in the absolute truest sense. It's the ultimate message of love, let us rejoice in it and be glad.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Living Faith

Pope Francis meets with Palestinian President to open Palestinian Embassy Watch

Image of Pope Francis meets with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis has met with Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican during a ceremony to unveil the new Palestinian embassy there. The meeting comes as the world wonders is the incoming Trump administration will move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. LOS ... continue reading


Join us in praying a novena for Fr. Tom's safe release, as he remains captive for the 10th month Watch

Image of Salesians prepare novena for Fr. Tom's safe return.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

On the 10 month anniversary of the kidnapping of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil in Yemen, the Salesians are inviting people around the world to join them in praying a novena for the priest's safety and release. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - The Salesian order, to which Fr. ... continue reading


Holy Father warns against the sin of gossiping Watch

Image of Pope Francis warns against gossip.

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis Sunday traveled to a parish on the outskirts of Rome where he visited a priest suffering from a severe form of ALS and celebrated Mass, warning parishioners, as he often does, of the harm gossiping does to a community. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - ... continue reading


India's Christian population explodes in inspirational burst of faith Watch

Image of India's Christians need help.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

India is a country of more than 1.2 billion people, with Christians accounting for only some three percent of the population, including close to 19 million Catholics. Despite its relatively small size, the Indian Church has a disproportionate impact on Indian society ... continue reading


Can Pope Francis bring peace to the Middle East? Watch

Image of Can there be peace in the Middle East (Project Peace on Earth)?

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican Saturday before inaugurating his country's new embassy to the Holy See, where he met with Pope Francis for a discussion focused largely on peace efforts in the Middle East. Vatican City, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - ... continue reading


Hostage to the Devil: Catholic 'Exorcist' priest's death involved possessed child and invisible force Watch

Image of The priest who inspired

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Friday the 13th is a day of suspicion, horror stories and the harbinger of bad luck. This Friday the thirteenth, however, brings with it new details of a famous priest who died of injuries sustained at the hands of an evil spirit. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Islam remains a major killer of Christians as 90,000 were martyred in 2016 Watch

Image of ISIS terrorists take over a Christian church in Mosul.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Every six seconds, a Christian is martyred for their faith in Christ. This is a rate of persecution that hasn't been seen in Christianity in ages, if ever. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It is unknown when Christians were last persecuted at rates seen in ... continue reading


For the fourth year running, VIOLENCE AGAINST CHRISTIANS IS ON THE RISE Watch

Image of Christian persecution has increased over the years.

By Matt Hadro (CNA/EWTN News)

Global persecution of Christians has risen for the fourth year in a row and is on a "rapid rise" in Asia, the advocacy group Open Doors UK warned on Wednesday in its annual report on Christian persecution. Washington, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - "Religious nationalism is ... continue reading


'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind...' - Pope Francis reminds us to love NOW Watch

Image of Pope Francis encourages us to love the Lord TODAY.

By Hannah Brockhaus (CNA/EWTN News)

Pope Francis reflected on Thursday how each person, not knowing what will happen in the future, has only "today" to love God and open their heart to the Holy Spirit - while the temptation to put things off is foolish, because there may not be another day. Vatican City, ... continue reading


Bishop begs prayers for Dylann Roof's conversion and the souls of his victims Watch

Image of Please pray for Dylan Roof's victims and for her conversion.

By (CNA/EWTN News)

The death sentence announced this week for mass murderer Dylann Roof prompted the local Catholic bishop to call for prayer, for both the victims and Roof. The bishop also reiterated Catholic opposition to the death penalty. Charleston, SC (CNA/EWTN News) - "Please ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 6:10-20
10 God would not be so unjust as to forget all you have done, the love ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
1 Alleluia! I give thanks to Yahweh with all my heart, in the ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 2:23-28
23 It happened that one Sabbath day he was taking a walk through the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 17th, 2017 Image

St. Anthony the Abbot
January 17: Two Greek philosophers ventured out into the ... Read More