The role of the Extraordinary Synod is to "define the status quaestionis (“current situation”) and to collect the bishops’ experiences and proposals in proclaiming and living the Gospel of the Family in a credible manner." This will be followed by a second Synod on the Family next year which will "'reflect further on the points discussed so as to formulate appropriate pastoral guidelines' for the pastoral care of the person and the family." The discussion on the Synod on the Family excerpted from the programme is available HERE.
Quite a lot has been written on the Synod over the last few months. Here is a quick synopsis:
- Matthew Bunson offers a very useful "Synod on the Family: A Primer" over on Our Sunday Visitor HERE.
- The Working Document (Instrumentum Laboris) for the Synod is available HERE and the Preparatory Document is available HERE.
- The Pontificium Consilium pro Familia offer an overview of the documents of the Synod HERE.
- Ann Schneible of the Catholic News Agency tries to get beyond the media hype on the Synod HERE.
- The National Catholic Reporter, Patheos and Crux gather together a number of articles and comment pieces on the Synod HERE, HERE and HERE.
- Fr Raymond De Souza outlines the possible implications and the importance of the Synod HERE.
- La Stampa features an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper on the Synod HERE.
- The National Catholic Reporter, The Tablet and the Catholic News Service report on Cardinal George Pell's disagreement with the theology of Cardinal Kasper HERE, HERE and HERE.
- George Weigel believes we need a Synod of Affirmation HERE.
Gospel - Matthew 21:33-43
‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son” he said.
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives’.
Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
Jesus said to them,
‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
It was the stone rejected by the builders
that became the keystone.
This was the Lord’s doing
and it is wonderful to see?
I tell you, then,
that the kingdom of God will be taken from you
and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’
Reflections on today's Gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds and ends
Pope's Intentions for October
General: Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
Missionary: World Mission Day. That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.
The Pope's Intentions for the year are available on EWTN HERE.
Saints of the Week
October 6th - St. Bruno
October 7th - Our Lady of the Rosary
October 8th - St. Pelagia
October 9th - Blessed John Henry Newman
October 10th - St. Francis Borgia
October 11th - St. John XXII