What will happen at the Synod on the Family?

Amy Morris-Young held back happy tears as she watched her son, Nick, receive his first Communion May 17 at St. Mary Church in Anacortes. This beautiful moment had been a long time coming. Nick, who has autism, is 27 years old.

Catholic family expert to discuss synods Feb. 19

In the fall of 2013, Pope Francis announced a Synod of Bishops on the family and evangelization. Later he said the first assembly of bishops from around the world would be followed by another on the same topic in the fall of 2015.

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John Henry Newman at the Synod on the Family

The controversies surrounding the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family have often put me in mind of John Henry Cardinal Newman, the greatest Catholic churchman of the 19th century. Newman wrote eloquently on an extraordinary range of topics, including university education, the play between faith and reason, the nature of papal authority and the subtle manner in which we come to assent in matters of religion.

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