Synod, Pan-Amazonian

Pope Paul VI’s Evangelii Nuntiandi introduced the concept of the new evangelisation.

Short memories on key synods

By George Weigel, The Catholic Weekly, July 4, 2020 Given that he was one of the principal planners and prominent leaders of last October’s special Synod on Amazonia, Cardinal Claudio Hummes OFM, is understandably enthusiastic about the results of that exercise. Indeed, the enthusiasm of... read more
Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Bishop Schneider analyzes Pope’s Amazon text: ‘a glimmer of hope’ despite deficiencies

Although Querida Amazonia’s stance on priestly celibacy comes as a relief, the document contains ‘lamentable doctrinal ambiguities and errors,’ Bishop Schneider writes in exclusive in-depth analysis By Diane Montagna, LifeSiteNews, February 19, 2020 In a new in-depth analysis of the... read more

Pope shares with U.S. bishops his frustration with reaction to Amazon text

Catholic News Service, February 13, 2020 ROME - Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that, like them, he is accused of not being courageous or not listening to the Holy Spirit when he says or does something someone disagrees with - like not mentioning married priests in his document on the... read more

Pope Francis Sets Aside Proposal on Married Priests

The decision, in a letter on Catholic life in remote Amazon areas, is a victory for conservative forces who had warned that change there would put the church on a slippery slope. By Jason Horowitz and Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, February 12, 2020 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has... read more

Amazonia Dreaming

[Dr. Robert Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C., was the featured speaker at our September 25 Catholic Citizens of Illinois annual banquet. His most recent book is A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition... read more

The Pope Is Still Catholic

By Michael Ware, Crisis Magazine, February 13, 2020 Yesterday, the Holy Father did something completely unexpected: nothing at all. In his long-awaited exhortation on the Amazon Synod, Querida Amazonia, we find the clearest insight into Pope Francis’s thinking on the vocations crisis, both... read more

Vatican officials: ‘Querida Amazonia’ is magisterium, Amazon synod’s final doc is not

By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, February 12, 2020 Pope Francis' post-synodal exhortation on the Amazon is part of the Church's ordinary magisterium -- that is officially a kind of Church teaching -- while the final document of the Vatican’s 2019 Amazon synod is not, Cardinal... read more
Cardinal Reinhard Marx

Cardinal Marx says married priests still up for debate: ‘By no means is it off the table’

By Martin Burger, LifeSiteNews, February 12, 2020 Cardinal Marx and Catholic organizations in Germany insists the allowance of married priests is still open for discussion after publication of the Pope’s Amazon Synod exhortation. BONN, GermanyCardinal Reinhard Marx has emphasized that the... read more

Cardinal Müller: ‘Querida Amazonia’ Is a Document of Reconciliation

National Catholic Reporter, February 12, 2020 “The entire letter is written in a personal and attractive tone. The Successor of Peter [wants] to win all Catholics and Christians of other denominations, but also all people of good will, for a positive development of this region," so that “all... read more

Francis declines to answer Amazon synod’s requests for married priests, women ministers

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, February 12, 2020 VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has not granted a request from the Catholic bishops of the Amazon to allow for the priestly ordination of married men in their territories in order to address a severe lack of ministers across the... read more
Pope Francis is with U.S. bishops during their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican Feb. 10, 2020.

U.S. bishops ask pope about Amazon synod, discuss range of issues

By Catholic News Service, February 10, 2020 Talking about debates, differences and discernment, Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that people focused on the possibility of ordaining some married men and women deacons for service in the Amazon will be disappointed in his apostolic... read more