Brief thoughts on the Synod

A handout picture released by the Vatican press office show Pope Francis (C) chairing an extraordinary synod of nearly 200 senior clerics in the Synod Aula at the Vatican on October 6, 2014. Pope Francis issued a strong signal of support for reform of the Catholic Church's approach to marriage, cohabitation and divorce as bishops gathered for a landmark review of teaching on the family. Thorny theological questions such as whether divorced and remarried believers should be able to receive communion will dominate two weeks of closed-door discussions set to pit conservative clerics against reformists. AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / OSSERVATORE ROMANO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==OSSERVATORE ROMANO/AFP/Getty Images

The news will cover the Synod on the Families which the pope has now convened in Rome. 

Prior to the Second Vatican Council, no synods existed in the Church. The closest that mirrored this meeting of bishops would be a council such as that held in Trent. 

These meetings act as an advisory body to the Holy Father and the participants are elected from bishops across the globe. The Pope determines the synod agenda and adds additional members to the synod at his disposal. Synods are unique in the sense that Bishops express their individual concerns on the particular matter. With so much listening happening, a decree or resolution is usually not reached, though, the Holy Father has the authority to designate this end to the synod if he chooses. 


Here are five building blocks that the pope uses to describe the family:

1. The School: the family recognizes the neighbor who lives under the same roof.

2. The Hospital: the family cares for its vulnerable and sick members.

3. The Asylum: A place where the elderly find love and security. The family is a great social resource that outside establishments can never replace.

4. The Domestic Church: The family is the primary place where the faith breathes, where it lives, and where it is experienced.

5. The Factory: The family is a factory of hope, a factory of resurrection.


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