Synod Report 2014

Robert Royal reports on what turned out to be among the most watched and controversial Church meetings since Vatican II.

Synod Day 12 – On the Way to a Decision?

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Late in life, St. Augustine issued his Retractationes, which may be translated, I believe, as either “retractions” or “re-treatments” of…

Synod Day 11: Some Numbers

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There has been a lot of talk – in dozens of languages – about the Extraordinary Synod since the Relatio…

Synod Day 10 – A Ton of Vaseline

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After Wednesday’s press briefing, a noted student of the Vatican, whose identity should probably not be revealed, turned and said…

Synod Day 9 – Bishops to World: “Never mind”

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I’ve said here that Monday, the day the document officially known as the Relatio post disceptationem (Synod interim report) was…

Synod Day 8 – A Bizarre Document and Process

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I have been in Rome, by my rough count, 100 times during my adult life. Some visits had to do…

Synod Day 7 – A New Phase begins

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  Please click here for a special message from Robert Royal.   ROME, Italy, October 13 During one of the…

Synod Day 6 – A Day of Practical Conversations

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The central difficulty in treating issues that affect the family is that the family itself is so central to human…

Synod Day 5 – Openness that Deceives?

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The preparatory Synod that completes its first week of work today is something of a paradox. Previous Synods have actually…

Synod Day 4 – Do We Have Anything Urgent to Say?

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At a conference at the North American College (NAC) in Rome yesterday sponsored by Crux, the Boston Globe’s new Catholic…

Synod Day 3 – In Search of Effective Action – and Language

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And so, now the synod settles into the real work. But what is that work? One of the prominent stories…

Synod Day 2 – “Openness,” Leaks, and Fear of Frankness

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The mood in Rome is – let’s just speak the truth – tense. According to one quite reliable source on…

Synod Day 1 – Between Paul VI and the “Legalists”

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Towards the end of the Instrumentum laboris, the detailed work-plan that will be guiding the participants in the Synod on…