• Flavia
    October 21, 2014 Reply

    Although I am not catholic, I find your words really inspiring. My father, who is a devout catholic, is divorced from my mother and happily remaried to a wonderful lady for the past 30 years. Yet he struggles with the fact that he cannot take Communion every sunday when he goes to church. Pope Francis words have helped him and made him feel more welcome in the church he loves so much. It is wonderful to see the church ‘ invite, embrace, understand, welcome’ all tose devout followers that for many reasons felt left out. Thank you for your wise words. Flavia

    • Tihamer
      October 23, 2014 Reply

      Flavia –
      I don’t understand why your father struggles. Why doesn’t he go through the process of annullment? Does he not know what it is? The process is a lot like confession, or maybe purgatory: It may not be easy, but it’s worth it.

  • Mark Skvarla
    October 21, 2014 Reply

    The words of the Pope are quite clear, though the press and even our Priests are missing the purpose of the Synod. The press is easy to understand and to dismiss. A wonderful and loving Priest at Holy Mass this pas Sunday missed the point and in his Homily as he stated that Church Teaching will not change, which is fine. But there was no mention of how the Body of Christ, our Church desires that all sinners who live outside of these teachings are stilled loved and welcome to assemble with us and worship. As an annulled Catholic who by the Grace of God, remarried in the Church, I doubt that I would be where I am today, if I had faced that Homily when I returned after a 40 year absence. Being welcomed back together with the concept of Graduality is essential if we truly want to succeed in bringing non-believers and lapsed Catholics to Christ. Every message from the Clergy and the Lay needs to include the call to love and be loved by Christ our Lord.

  • Brendan Quinn
    October 21, 2014 Reply

    Sounds wonderful. Its just the bit about the “relatio” document in the middle of the first part of the synod being released to the press without the Bishops and Cardinals seeing it first that stunned everyone, and due to this apparrent dishonesty and complete lack of integrity several Cardinals and indeed Bishops criticised the text and called it “uncatholic”. It is amazing how such dishonesty as it appears this was can just be attempted to be airbrushed out of history by some.

  • Father Bernard Mc Nally
    October 21, 2014 Reply

    Thank you……

  • Louise
    October 21, 2014 Reply

    Thankyou for sharing your synod experience with your parishioners. It’s exciting to be part of a faith that invites, embraces, understands welcomes and affirms. A truly universal church for all founded in the Truth and Light of our Lord.

  • Julie Graf
    October 21, 2014 Reply

    Thank you! And God bless you !

  • SAA
    October 22, 2014 Reply

    Your Eminence, I appreciated all that you wrote here until I got to that word everyone seems to be tripping over: “mercy.” Showing mercy “to those not yet at the point of full acceptance” is what I understand to be tolerant – giving someone the “space,” so to speak, to arrive at the truth. Mercy is showing the truth, not a watered down, half version. Mercy – truth coming from someone who loves – shows up in who gathers around them, how the people around them are being impacted. If we wait for full acceptance, most of us will be dead and in the ground. I saw a meme on Facebook that showed a bottle of hand sanitizer and it had a label that read, “paper cut finder.” Are we willing to sting a little, or a lot, or do we insist on a spoon full of sugar? God bless you!

  • Michele Zaytoun
    October 22, 2014 Reply

    Thank you for clearing that up. Now shout it from the rooftops!!! You have such a great presence on TV and with the media…please keep speaking God’s words so everyone can hear the truth and not only what the media chooses to feed us.

  • Lisa chevalier
    October 22, 2014 Reply

    You keep saying God has revealed to his people about his teachings etc. Where and how has God said that homosexuality is wrong? The bible was written by men who believed that and thus they wrote it in the bible as if God said that. God nor Jesus ever said anything about homosexuality. If God made us in his own image why condemn homosexuals. Oh I know the church is not condemning the person on,y the act. But homosexuals were born this way just as straight people were born with their sexual predisposition. God did not write the bible, Man wrote the bible and it is man’s interpretation of what God said. During his time on earth did Jesus ever say anything about homosexuals. No!

    • Tim Weinmann
      October 25, 2014 Reply

      Lisa, You don’t say if you are Catholic or not. But the Catholic Church has taught from the beginning that all of Scripture is God-breathed, written by human beings under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Starting in Genesis and all the way through to the Book of Revelation, all of the Scriptures repeatedly point to God’s vision of complimentary love between man and woman. The reason Jesus never mentioned anything for or against homosexual activity is that he accepted the teaching of Scripture (what we refer to as the Old testament – which in the time of Jesus was the only Scriptures that existed). In other cases, when he was fulfilling some aspect of Scripture that transcended the old testament, he would then point out very clearly what that fulfilled or changed teaching was. What grounds do you have that explain how you can take only the four Gospels (or maybe even only those parts where Jesus himself is actually speaking) and throw the rest of Scripture out as irrelevant? Clearly Jesus understood the nature of marriage because he himself spoke of it in no uncertain terms (Matthew 19:5). He had no reason to speak out on the morality of homosexual acts because it was clear to him what natural and divine law has revealed and had no reason to say anything more about it.

    October 22, 2014 Reply

    Hello Your Eminence,

    I think there’s still a lot of misunderstanding among faithful Catholics about this synod. Many people see it as an attempt to “grease the skids” to lead to greater acceptance of homosexuality and other sexual sins.

    There is a perception that because the mid-term report had some unfortunate language, that the real agenda is to implement an agenda that, if in theory doesn’t change Church doctrine, in practice, it leads to acceptance of gay unions and divorce and remarriage.
    I think it might be a good idea for the bishops to try to dispel this perception. Otherwise, there will be a lot of suspicion and mistrust.

  • Daniel Williams
    October 22, 2014 Reply

    This is a wonderful article. Inspiring. An education. An affirmative lesson

  • Steve G
    October 23, 2014 Reply

    Nobody is expecting the Synod to change any doctrine. But what Cardinal Kasper is proposing is a practice that rests on an implicit doctrine of dissolubility of marriage, without changing the official teaching on paper. This is a grave disservice to couples because we confirm them in a behavior opposed to what Jesus wants for their good and happiness.

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  • DottieDay
    November 3, 2014 Reply

    Why ignore the Relatio sections that threw the Synod into turmoil — specifically, the references to homosexuality. This is 2014. Unlike Vatican II, communication is not under the exclusive control of the Church or its allied media outlets. Walter Cronkite is dead. The internet is alive. The fullness of what went on among the bishops can’t be swept under the rug. We know about it. It was not happy face. Nor should it be. Media foolishness did not mess up the Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving meal we would like to picture when the bishops sit down together. Obviously there is a lot of internal dissent and political maneuvering. Own it. We are in danger of losing our traditional understanding of what it means to receive the Holy Eucharist worthily. Must we be in a state of grace any longer? Is gradualism good for the UNIVERSAL Church? What are the consequences of welcoming woundedness as if it is healthy? The Church is clearly not a Norman Rockwell-family-at-Thanksgiving-dinner. Our shepherds owe us the Truth.

  • Dawn DeBatt
    December 2, 2014 Reply

    Dear Cardinal Timothy Doyle,
    I have been reading the daily scripture provided by The I know you are the past president. Please tell me why the daily scripture read at mass is cherry picked! As a cradle Catholic, I know scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit. God’s people need to hear scripture as it is written from the pulpit! I am afraid this distorts the true meaning especially from the Book of Revelation, as we just read, during the end of ordinary time. I have to reread many of these daily distortions from the original Bible Text! I am afraid God’s people are being lied to. I was always taught, as a cradle Catholic, “we were not to change one jot or tittle” from the Holy Bible, Amen!
    Thank you for your response in advance.
    God Bless You! Dawn DeBatt,
    Parishioner St. Veronica Catholic Church
    Howell, NJ 07731

  • Dawn DeBatt
    December 2, 2014 Reply

    Dear Timothy Cardinal Dolan –
    Your Eminence, I apologize for misspelling your name. I should have double checked the technology and predicted text.
    God Bless You –
    Dawn DeBatt


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