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Synod report ‘clear and compassionate’, Archbishop Coleridge says

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ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge said the Synod of Bishops had provided Pope Francis with a “clear and compassionate” report summarising more than two years of discussion on the Church’s approach to modern families. Archbishop Coleridge has returned to Brisbane after almost a month in Rome, where he was among more than 270 bishops discussing issues including the role of divorced and ... Read More »

Vatican spokesman offers caution about alleged letter to Pope

REPORTS on a private letter allegedly signed by 13 Cardinals to Pope Francis have caused unnecessary “disruption” to the worldwide meeting in Rome, director of the Vatican Press Office said. Fr Federico Lombardi, the official spokesman for the Holy See, offered words of caution with a statement clarifying the letter, which was leaked on Italian publication L’Espresso. “As we are aware,” the spokesman ... Read More »

Church’s language must change, not doctrine, Archbishop Coleridge says in interview

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BISHOPS meeting to discuss issues concerning families worldwide need to explore the “vast middle ground” between keeping faithful to Church doctrine or doing nothing, Archbishop Coleridge has said in an interview with National Catholic Reporter. As one of two Australian bishops at the synod, Archbishop Coleridge spent 45 minutes with an NCR journalist to discuss his comparisons between the synod on ... Read More »

Letter allegedly signed by synod cardinals a ‘Roman melodrama’, Archbishop Coleridge says

Pope Francis leads the Synod of Bishops on the family at Vatican

CONCERNS about the synod on the family written in a leaked private letter that was signed by 13 cardinals has made the synod look “not much more than a political caucus,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. In his most recent blog post for the Brisbane Archdiocese, Archbishop Coleridge said the “confusing” situation, which has been denied already by at least five cardinals, including Australia’s Cardinal George Pell, ... Read More »

Durban archbishop reaffirms Pope will not change doctrine

AFRICAN bishops including Cardinal Wilifred Napier of Durban, have reaffirmed the Church’s doctrines on marriage and family and say “anti-God ideologies” imposed by government and other agencies will not derail their expectation for “the Church’s age-old traditions and teachings (to be) clearly and firmly restated” by the Church. Read more on this story from Zenit. Read More »

Diverse challenges to families surprise and universal compassion surprise couples

Brazilian couple attend press briefing after session of Synod of Bishops at Vatican

TWO married couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the family. Read the full story from Catholic News Service. Read More »

Church must reach out to families with untraditional form, Synod members say

CATHOLICS must challenge other faithful members to be better, but not at the exclusion of people who “still have growing to do”, Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, said. Bishop Murry and other members of the Synod of Bishops on the family spoke Oct. 10 about finding a way to affirm Gospel principles and church teaching while accompanying all Catholics ... Read More »

Bishops hone preparation for Synod on the Family

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge met with Darwin Bishop Eugene Hurley and New Zealand’s Bishop Charles Drennan during the week to hone their preparations for the Synod on the Family. They were to have met in Darwin from Monday to Thursday to consider the Synod on the Family to be held in Rome in October. Archbishop Coleridge and Bishop Hurley are ... Read More »

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