First Things | 10/1/2019 | Xavier Rynne II
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The synods of 2014 and 2015, called to examine the grave challenges posed to marriage and family life in the twenty-first century, became the occasion for significant voices in the Church to advance long-stalled projects (such as the admission to Holy Communion of those whose marriages had not been blessed by the Church) while concurrently deconstructing the teaching of John Paul II’s 1993 encyclical, Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) on intrinsically evil acts and the teaching of Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum (The Word of God) on the reality and binding force of revelation as conveyed by both Holy Scripture and Tradition.

by Mary Rice Hasson

Topic - Women - Discussions - Special - Assembly

The topic of “women” has surfaced regularly in discussions at the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Pan-Amazonia Region. And rightly so, argued John Allen of Crux, as Catholic women do indispensable work on the ground, teaching, serving, and supporting the faith of families and communities in Amazonia.

On the whole, it is a welcome development to see more women, including religious sisters, among the experts and observers taking part in the synod discussions. Their participation makes sense. At a recent synod press briefing, Columbian Sister Alba Teresa Cediel Castillo described religious sisters as bringing important stability to Catholic outreaches in the Amazon, where priests are scarce. “What do we do?” she asked, “Well, everything that a woman can do,” from baptizing to educating to accompanying the people in their trials. Indeed, women are at the center of family life and parish communities throughout the world Church and lead countless apostolates and religious orders. It is vital, then, to consider women’s insights, experience, expertise, and prayerful wisdom in any serious discussion about the Church’s evangelical mission.

Women - Synod - Contributions - Fact

Women participating in the synod say their contributions are, in fact,...
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