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Closed-Door Discussions are Published, and a Synod Storm Gathers

Originally posted in Catholic World Report

The facade of St. Peter's Basilica behind the statue of St. Peter at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Proceedings of an un-publicized series of workshops at the Vatican earlier this year reveal controversial conversations taking place ahead of this fall’s Synod on the Family.

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Cardinal Burke Calls Upon Pope to Clarify Synod Reports

Cardinal BurkeCardinal 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".

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Vatican is NOT Polling Catholics on Moral Issues

st peterContrary to recent media reports, the questionnaire presented by Pope Francis to Catholics worldwide seeking their opinions on pastoral challenges to the family, such as those involving divorce and same-sex marriage, is not an opinion poll but a preparatory document for next year's Synod of Bishops on the Family.

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