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A view of the Amazon Synod

A view of the Amazon Synod

| Father Michael Johnson | November 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

To say that the Amazon Synod has caused a stir in the Church is an understatement. Twitter, the Catholic and secular media, and people in the parishes are talking about it. As I was teaching my canon law students about the Synod of Bishops, many questions and concerns were raised by them regarding what they had heard and read about the special session of the Synod of Bishops that was taking place concurrently with my class.

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The enduring value of celibacy

The enduring value of celibacy

| Father Carter Griffin | October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A few days ago, someone asked me in passing whether the “big meeting in Rome” — referring to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — would allow priests to marry. He, like many Americans, takes it for granted that the synod is a referendum on priestly celibacy. I am convinced it isn’t, but it is nevertheless a good moment to ask why, in the 21st century, we have celibacy in the first place. What is its enduring value?

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Christians must shun self-worship, pope says at synod’s final Mass

Christians must shun self-worship, pope says at synod’s final Mass

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Poor people from the Amazon have shown that God’s creation must be treated “not as a resource to be exploited but as a home to be preserved, with trust in God,” Pope Francis said.

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Synod calls for more Church roles for women, but stops short of diaconate

Synod calls for more Church roles for women, but stops short of diaconate

| Cindy Wooden | October 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon asked that women be given leadership roles in the Catholic Church, although they stopped short of calling for women deacons.

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Cardinal talks about listening at the synod, being loyal to the pope

Cardinal talks about listening at the synod, being loyal to the pope

| Cindy Wooden | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna said that as a European member of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, his first task is to listen and his second task is to examine ways his lifestyle and that of his community contribute to the suffering of the Amazonian people.

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‘Loving neighbor as yourself implies caring for earth,’ theologian says

‘Loving neighbor as yourself implies caring for earth,’ theologian says

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is calling Catholics to an ecological conversion in their personal lives and in the Church throughout the world, a theologian participating in the synod said.

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Thieves steal statues used at synod prayer, throw them in the river

Thieves steal statues used at synod prayer, throw them in the river

| Cindy Wooden | October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Two men entered a Catholic Church near the Vatican early Oct. 21 and stole copies of a statue of a pregnant woman that had been a centerpiece of several prayer services connected to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon.

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Women’s role in Amazon Church does not depend on diaconate, sisters say

Women’s role in Amazon Church does not depend on diaconate, sisters say

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whether or not the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon helps open the door to ordaining women deacons, women will continue to play a fundamental role in ministry in the Church in the region, religious sisters said.

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Indigenous vow to stand with Pope Francis, with each other

Indigenous vow to stand with Pope Francis, with each other

| Cindy Wooden | October 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis and members of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon repeatedly vowed to support, defend and accompany the region’s indigenous people.

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Development proposals at synod raise questions about indigenous rights

Development proposals at synod raise questions about indigenous rights

| Barbara J. Fraser | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Proposals for Amazonian development made by well-known observers at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon could conflict with the expectations of indigenous people unless they are included in decision-making, some synod participants said.

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Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

Celibacy is a gift, not an obstacle, indigenous priest says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

While indigenous cultures may have difficulty accepting the concept of celibacy, indigenous candidates for the priesthood are more than capable of understanding that it is a gift from God, said an indigenous priest from Brazil.

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Inadequate formation a factor in lack of vocations, bishops say at synod

Inadequate formation a factor in lack of vocations, bishops say at synod

| October 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Existing formation programs are not preparing priests and other pastoral workers to be leaders in a church with an Amazonian and indigenous face, according to bishops participating in the synod for the Amazon.

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