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Vatican sends bishops preparatory questionnaire for 2015 family synod


TO help set the agenda for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican is sending the world’s Catholic bishops’ conferences a list of questions on a range of topics, including matters of marriage and sexuality that proved especially controversial at the 2014 family synod. Together with the final report of the 2014 assembly, the 46 questions published ... Read More »

Pope says defending traditional marriage is matter of ‘human ecology’


POPE Francis called for preserving the family as an institution based on marriage between a man and a woman, which he said is not a political cause but a matter of “human ecology”. “The complementarity of man and woman … is at the root of marriage and the family,” the Pope said on November 17, opening a three-day inter-religious conference ... Read More »

Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said the Church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit. “Some procedures are so long and so burdensome, they don’t favour (justice), and people give up,” the Pope said. “Mother church should do justice and say: ‘Yes, it’s true, your marriage is ... Read More »

Pope Francis to open Vatican conference on traditional marriage


A MONTH after closing a Synod of Bishops on the family stirred by controversy over divorce, same-sex unions and other non-marital relationships, Pope Francis will open an inter-religious conference dedicated to traditional marriage. The Vatican-sponsored gathering, on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman”, will be held on November 17-19 and feature more than 30 speakers representing 23 countries and various ... Read More »

Marriage all about children


By Emilie Ng CHRISTIANS supporting natural marriage have called Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten’s statements supporting same-sex marriage at a recent Christian conference as a “weak” media stunt. Mr Shorten, (pictured) a Catholic who attended a Jesuit school in Melbourne, told attendees at the Australian Christian Lobby national conference in Canberra on October 25 that he was a Christian and ... Read More »

Everyone loves a wedding

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By Kiri Groeneveld YOU are, I am sure, familiar with 1Corinthians:13. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, and so on. With good reason, it is a popular wedding verse – one of the passages in the Bible that resonates with those entering into the sacrament of marriage. While ... Read More »

When desires don’t match


By Francine and Byron Pirola WHEN couples marry they rightly expect there will be a willing participation in a shared life together across a range of activities including sexual intimacy, intimate conversation and parenting for example. But what happens when there is a difference in the desire for the amount or style of one or more of these activities? It’s called ... Read More »

Cardinals chip in for debate on Communion for divorced, remarried

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By Francis X. Rocca THE extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will not open until October 5, but some of its most prominent members are already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published on September 18, a proponent ... Read More »

Cardinal Pell opposes any change on Communion for divorced, remarried

Cardinal George Pell

IN a book coming out just before October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Cardinal George Pell rules out proposed changes to Church practice that would allow divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. “Doctrine and pastoral practice cannot be contradictory,” writes Cardinal Pell, a former Archbishop of Sydney who now serves as prefect of the Secretariat for ... Read More »

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