AP, By Rachel Zoll, November 10
Baltimore (- no irony) — America’s Catholic bishops came together Monday to project an image of unity, after a Vatican meeting on the family unleashed an uproar over the direction of the church.
Last month’s gathering in Rome on more compassionately ministering to families featured open debate — alarming many traditional Catholics, who argued it would undermine public understanding of church teaching. Pope Francis encouraged a free exchange of ideas at the assembly, or synod, in contrast to previous years, when such events were tightly scripted.
At a meeting Monday in Baltimore, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz[?], president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, signaled there was no conflict between a gentler approach and upholding church orthodoxy. Kurtz cited his home visits to parishioners, where he wouldn’t give them “a list of rules to follow firsthand,” but would instead “spend time with them trying to appreciate the good that I saw in their hearts,” before inviting them to follow Christ.
“Such an approach isn’t in opposition to church teachings. It’s an affirmation of them,” said Kurtz, who attended the Vatican gathering.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, who also participated in the Vatican gathering, emphasized that last month’s meeting was only the start of a discussion before a larger gathering on the family next year, where bishops will more concretely advise the pope on developing any new church practices. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said the divisiveness he read in media accounts did not reflect the collegial discussion inside the event.
“It was a synod of consensus,” Dolan said. The pope, he said, has a God-given gift “for attentive listening.”
Such a bullshitter is Mr. Dolan.
Newsweek: Will American Bishops Follow Pope Francis’s Progressive Lead? We’re About to Find Out
NCR: Agenda for bishops’ fall meeting includes discussion on family synod
Washington – The U.S. bishops’ conference will hold its annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore Nov. 10-13. The agenda includes a discussion of last month’s Synod of Bishops on the family.
A number of liturgical items will be discussed and a handful of elections held. Additionally, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., elected president of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops a year ago, will deliver his first presidential address.
Kurtz’s address: USCCB November 2014 General Assembly Presidential Address
… fruitful discussion and unity of purpose….a couple who prays together tends to stay together….better convey St. John Paul II’s remarkable vision of marriage and family life as developed in his theology of the body (the body, and it alone, is capable of making visible what is invisible: the spiritual and the divine. It was created to transfer into the visible reality of the world, the mystery hidden since time immemorial in God, and thus to be a sign of it.)…the Church is a home and a family for everyone…We stand with the Little Sisters of the Poor, who simply want to serve others with integrity of faith.We’ll continue to uphold religious liberty against government actions like the HHS mandate in order to protect our ability to fully witness to the Gospel…
…and anxious they should perhaps be, via The Independent: Pope Francis invites Patti Smith to play at Vatican Christmas concert
Related, Seattle PI: New Chicago archbishop brings Francis-like message