Saturday, April 30, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016




Larry  and  Marge Krasinski

Joined St. Bridget's in April

Saturday, April 09, 2016


In his seven paragraph introduction to the document, Francis offers a brief reflection on the Synod process and offers a guide for readers of the remainder of the 264 page document.

 What follows are selected  portions of some of the introductory paragraphs:

2. The Synod process allowed for an examination of the situation of families in today’s world, and thus for a broader vision and a renewed awareness of the importance of marriage and the family. The complexity of the issues that arose (during the Synod process) revealed the need for continued open discussion of a number of doctrinal, moral, spiritual, and pastoral questions….

3…I would make it clear that not all discussions of doctrinal, moral or pastoral issues need to be settled by intervention of the magisterium.  Unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some issues of that teaching or drawing certain conclusions from it. …. Each country or region, moreover, can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs…..

6. I will begin (the Exhortation) with an opening chapter inspired by the Scriptures to set a proper tone.  I will then examine the actual situation of families, in order to keep firmly grounded in reality.  I will go on to recall some essential aspects of the church’s teaching on marriage and the family, thus paving the way for two central chapters dedicated to love.  I will then highlight some pastoral approaches that can guide us in building sound and fruitful homes in accordance with God’s plan, with a full chapter devoted to the raising of children. Finally, I will offer an invitation to mercy and the pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us, and to conclude with a brief discussion of family spirituality.

7…. I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text.  The greatest benefit, for families themselves and for those engaged in the family apostolate will come if each part is read patiently and carefully, or if attention is paid to parts dealing with their specific needs. It is likely, for example, that married couples will be more concerned with Chapters Four and Five, and pastoral ministers with Chapter Six, while everyone should feel challenged by Chapter Eight…..