The name of a young priest from Oklahoma named Fr. Stanley Rother, who was gunned down in a Guatemala rectory in 1981 for refusing to leave his duties as a pastor, has been officially accepted for submission to the Theological Commission of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Although he received some criticism for doing so, Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell sheltered the fiancé of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the U.S., during the required quarantine period because that’s what Jesus would have done.
The final report issued by the attendees of the historic Extraordinary Synod on the Family contains none of the controversial language of the interim working document and signals more work to be done at next year’s Synod.
The Vatican has issued an updated version of the English translation of the mid-term report known as the relatio with more careful language that is being described by the secular media as “significantly colder.”
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Thanks to a combination of irresponsible reporting and the vague language contained in the first document released by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, the Vatican was forced to issue a statement yesterday reminding the public that this is just a “working document” and reflects no doctrinal changes in Church teaching.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, is expressing concern about several aspects of the Synod, including the push for changes in the handling of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics as well as the way that information about the Synod is being “manipulated”.
The Synod of Bishops entered its critical second phase on Friday when the bishops formed into small groups to arrive at decisions about what should be in included in a document known as the “relatio” which will be the basis of discussion at the Ordinary Synod on the Family to be convene in October, 2015.
The first ever U.S. beatification ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 4 when Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich will be beatified at Newark’s Cathedral-Basilica of the Sacred Heart.