Pope Francis' closing synod speech received with standing ovation
In the Oct. 18 speech, the Pope thanked the bishops for their efforts, and noted the various temptations that can arise in such a synod setting. He encouraged the bishops to live in the tension, saying that “personally I would be very worried and saddened if it were not for these temptations and these animated discussions; this movement of the spirits, as St Ignatius called it (Spiritual Exercises, 6), if all were in a state of agreement, or silent in a false and quietist peace.”
Cardinal Burke confirms reports of transfer from position
In two interviews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has confirmed reports that he will soon be transferred from the position of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, which he has held since 2008. “Although the transfer has been communicated to me orally, I have not received the official decree of my transfer,” he told Catholic World Report. “I suspect that the decree will be issued before the beginning of November.”
Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open
After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.
New appointments to Pontifical Biblical Commission
Pope Francis has appointed 20 scholars to the Pontifical Biblical Commission for the next five years. One of them is from the United States: Mary Healy, a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Founded in 1902, the Commission since 1971 has been an advisory body at the service of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
Interreligious marriage: a look at the synod from India's perspective
“We have got this whole thing of mixed marriages, there are many marriages in India which are between (a) Catholic and somebody who is not baptized, a Hindu, a Muslim, or a Buddhist, and that is what specifically came out of India,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay told CNA Oct. 10. While marriage between a Catholic and an unbaptized person would normally be invalid, the local ordinary can dispense from this impediment, and thus allow such a marriage to be validly contracted (canon 1086).
Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the 'great helmsman' of Vatican II
"When we look to this great pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle, we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks," the pope said, drawing applause from the congregation, which included retired Pope Benedict, whom Blessed Paul made a cardinal in 1977.