Monsignor Gerard Burns is interviewed by Will Warren to complement the Vocations Cycle Tour being undertaken by seminarians from Holy Cross Seminary, Auckland. Topics covered range from why Msgr Burns chose his vocation to the role the Treaty of Waitangi plays in New Zealand society.
"the Synod was not about settling all the issues having to do with the family, but rather attempting to see them in the light of the Gospel and the Church’s tradition and two-thousand-year history" said Pope Francis. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.
Clarity however there is: encouragement, guidelines, reaffirmed teaching, understanding, recognition of complexities, recognition of weaknesses in us all, determination, enthusiasm, appreciation double-folded of the beauty of marriage and family life in the midst not of an abstract ideal but ordinary daily struggles and achievements.Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.
Last week I mentioned to one of the Synod Bishops, rather flippantly, that if I had not already been aware that there was a link between families/marriage and sexuality then I would certainly not have become aware of it from either reading the Synod working paper (Instrumentum Laboris). Dr John Kleinsman from Rome.
We all know the feeling of meeting old friends and revisiting familiar places. Bishop Charles Drennan writes about what it is like to return to a part of the world he is already familiar with. .
Yesterday we had a kind of break from the Synod itself and spent the whole morning in the Paul VI Audience Hall for a "Celebration" of 50 years since the Synod of Bishops began as a result of the Second Vatican Council. Thee were many speeches and Cardinal Mafi of Tonga spoke very well of what Synods have done for the Church in Oceania. Cardinal John Dew from Rome.
Some descriptions of globalisation suggest it is a kind of assimilation process; a melting pot that blends. I’m not convinced that works for the Church. This Synod is certainly helping us to come to know each other better; but what we are appreciating more is our differences not just obvious similarities of shared faith. Culture and context matter... Different questions emerge in different places. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.
"As the XIV Ordinary General Assembly is underway, it is a joy for me to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the institution of the Synod of Bishops and to praise and honor the Lord for the Synod of Bishops. From the Second Vatican Council up to the current Synod on the Family, we have gradually learned of the necessity and beauty of 'walking together'. "Here is a provisional English translation of the pope's address.
The language question is crucial. It bears directly upon the transmission of the faith – and there we go again, transmission – most will think of gearboxes or podcasts rather than the everyday mix of example, teaching, witness, insight, prayer, Mass, patience, expectation etc that are the modes of passing on (transmitting) our faith to our children in the midst of ... daily family life... Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.
The principle of sacramentality, which is at the heart of the Catholic way, captures the insight that our experience of God can be mediated through the ordinary, including our culture and physical environment. That has got me thinking. Dr John Kleinsman from Rome.