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Synod working groups emphasize beauty of marriage, church teaching

Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, relator for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, talks with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, retired Vatican secretary of state, as they arrive for the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 16. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family must put greater focus on the beauty of the Christian vision of marriage and not let an approach of “welcoming” and mercy override the church’s duty to call people to turn away from sin, according to a number of reports from the synod’s small groups. Continue reading

 
African cardinal: Pressure groups behind push to change Church teaching

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VATICAN — Innacurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the synod’s midterm relatio are an attempt to pressure the Church to change its perennial teaching, a cardinal who is also a synod father has affirmed.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, emphasized to CNA Oct. 16 that “what has been published by the media about homosexual unions is an attempt to push the Church (to change) her doctrine.” Continue reading

 
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Posted Oct. 18, 2014

 
Binzer, new bishops, meet Pope Francis
Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati Joseph R. Binzer, left, meets with Pope Francis Sept. 18 at the Vatican. Bishop Binzer was present to attend a conference for new bishops. (L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO PHOTO)

Auxiliary Bishop of Cincinnati Joseph R. Binzer, left, meets with Pope Francis Sept. 18 at the Vatican. Bishop Binzer was present to attend a conference for new bishops. (L'Osservatore Romano photo)

By John Stegeman
The Catholic Telegraph 

Though more than three years have passed since his episcopal ordination, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer recently traveled to the Vatican for a Pilgrimage to the Tomb of St. Peter and Conference for new bishops.

Pope Benedict XVI poses with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer during a Feb. 2 meeting with U.S. bishops on their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Colloquially referred to as New Bishops School, the itinerary ran from Sept. 9 to Sept. 18, at which point the Bishop Binzer and other new bishops met Pope Francis. Cincinnati’s auxiliary bishop had previously been invited to the conference twice but was unable to go due to schedule conflicts.

Bishop Binzer’s visit consisted of 19 hour-and-a-half long conferences on a variety of topics, adoration, prayer, pilgrimages and a Mass at the Divino Amore Shine (Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love). Bishop Binzer also met with Archdiocese of Cincinnati priest Father Dan Hess, who is currently residing in Rome.

Bishop Binzer’s meeting with the Holy Father around noon on Sept. 18 was brief, but joyful. The pope delivered a speech, and then took the time to meet the more than 100 bishops gathered one-on-one.

“I introduced myself from the United States and he said, ‘Thank you for coming, and please pray for me.’ I told him we would. It was that brief because there were so many bishops that were there,” Bishop Binzer said. “We see his smile in the media and in pictures, and with the exception of the time when he was speaking and couldn’t be smiling, he was smiling the entire time. When he came in to begin the audience and then as he was greeting bishops he was smiling the entire time. The engaging joy with the smile that he has is what I remember and the hospitality we were extended while we were there.”

The meeting with the pope, Bishop Binzer’s second after meeting Pope Benedict in 2012, was special but the Cincinnati native said the opportunity to meet more than 100 other bishops was more than valuable.

“It was a very humbling experience to be asked to come and to meet some of the other bishops form around the world,” Bishop Binzer said. “When I celebrate the Mass, during the Eucharistic prayer where I pray for all the bishops, all the priests and deacons, now when I say the words to pray for bishops, I pray that in a whole new context.”

Concerning the pope, the bishop said he plans to do as the Holy Father asked, and he asks the faithful to do the same.

“We should honor the request of Pope Francis,” he said, “and pray for him.”

Posted Oct. 17, 2014

 
Week 7 standings and Week 8 opponents for archdiocese Catholic HS football teams
Fenwick and McNicholas high school football players participate in a pre-season Rosary Rally. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Fenwick and McNicholas high school football players participate in a pre-season Rosary Rally. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

Harkening back to older times where The Catholic Telegraph published high school football information in the print edition, for the remainder of the season we’ll be posting the collected standings and weekly opponents of all of our Catholic high school football teams here each Friday. Continue reading

 
Anglican, Lutheran delegates say synod’s concerns are theirs, too

Cardinals Timothy M. Dolan of New York, Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, arrive for the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service 

VATICAN CITY — Upholding the Christian ideal of marriage and family life while also reaching out to those whose lives do not reflect that ideal is a pastoral challenge faced by all Christian communities, said the Anglican representative to the Synod of Bishops.

Anglican Bishop Paul Butler of Durham, England, and “fraternal delegates” from seven other Christian communities addressed the synod Oct. 10. Continue reading

 
Throwback Thursday: Habemus John Paul II
The election of John Paul II to the papacy on this date in 1978 was a historic moment for the church. (CT File)

The election of John Paul II to the papacy on this date in 1978 was a historic moment for the church. (CT File)

Staff Report

Though present-day secular media like to use hyperbole over every morsel of Catholic news, on this date in 1978 that the church really did experience what could be called a “seismic shift.”

For the first time since 1605, it was to be a year of three popes. Pope Paul VI died in August, and John Paul I succeeded him the same month. Six weeks later, Pope John Paul I was dead, and the cardinals gathered to choose the next successor of Peter. Continue reading

 
Archbishop Schnurr on Synod: Take a deep breath and don’t get too excited

Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati has released a letter to the faithful concerning the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops currently underway in Rome. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)

Staff Report

Responding to confusion and concern over reports from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis M. Schnurr has released the following letter, explaining the relatio post disceptationem, the summary document recently released by the Vatican. Continue reading

 
How an incorrect translation of the synod report created chaos

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VATICAN CITY — An incorrect translation into English of the original midterm report of the Synod on the Family may have spurred controversial interpretations of the document itself.

The document’s original version was written in Italian, which Pope Francis directed to be used as the official language of the synod. In prior synods the official language had been Latin, esteemed for its precision and lack of ambiguity. Continue reading

 
Texas nurse with Ebola supported by prayers from her home parish
Members of a hazardous material team prepare to enter the apartment Oct. 13  of the health worker who was infected with the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Nina Pham, a Vietnamese Catholic nurse, contracted the deadly virus while treating a patient at the hospital. A prayer service was held Oct. 12 for Pham at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Fort Worth, where she and her family are active members. (CNS photo/Jaime R. Carrero, Reuters) See EBOLA-NURSE Oct. 14, 2014.

Members of a hazardous material team prepare to enter the apartment Oct. 13 of the health worker who was infected with the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Nina Pham, a Vietnamese Catholic nurse, contracted the deadly virus while treating a patient at the hospital. A prayer service was held Oct. 12 for Pham at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Fort Worth, where she and her family are active members. (CNS photo/Jaime R. Carrero, Reuters)

By Catholic News Service 

DALLAS — During an Oct. 13 Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Fort Worth, the pastor, Father Jim Khoi asked for prayers for Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who grew up in the parish and is now in the news as the first person known to have contracted the Ebola virus in the United States.

“She’s very comfortable. She’s very supported now. She knows that everybody knew to pray for her, especially in this difficult time,” the priest told The Dallas Morning News daily paper. Continue reading