You’ve Got Male: A Synod on the Family Slideshow

The Synod on the Family (EXTRAORDINARY ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS 5-19 OCTOBER 2014) is in full swing in Rome. The official photos of the opening tell the story better than any comment an informed theologian might offer. The plethora of men in vestments, the dearth of women in any form (except the painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary), and the conspicuous absence of children (save little Jesus in his mother’s arms) speak volumes about the meeting. How could such an assembly presume to discuss family life with any authenticity or integrity?

Luckily, representatives of progressive Catholic groups from around the world are also in Rome. They are sharing experiences of families of many sorts, telling stories of their efforts to love faithfully, and insisting on substantive changes in Catholic teachings on sexuality, marriage, and family.

The smart money is on them, not the clerics and their handpicked guests (who have limited voice and no vote), to reshape the moral landscape.

 

  • Whiskyjack

    The smart money is on them, not the clerics and their handpicked guests (who have limited voice and no vote), to reshape the moral landscape.

    You may be right, but history suggests a different outcome.

  • Jim Reed

    Do we need a moral landscape? We have laws to protect the rights of others. We also have morals to protect the rights of the church. I guess if we are going to have the church, then we will also need a moral landscape.

  • revtheodyke

    I’m guessing there’s no line at the ladies’ room …

  • sleepingquail

    The majority of the Catholic laity are like Balaam’s ass. Balaam, although bringing the word of God was too busy delivering it to understand his own danger. Let’s hope he listens in time. I still love my mother church but after years of abuse I cringe when she gets too close.

  • Frank6548

    More whine?

  • Whiskyjack

    Of course we need a moral landscape. The laws we pass reflect that landscape. The real question is to determine who does the landscaping.

  • Jim Reed

    The church does moral landscaping, but none of that should be reflected in our laws.

  • nunsuch

    This is just… painful.

  • Jim Reed

    If you can explain a little more perhaps we can help. Religion seems to be in a kind of state of flux right now, and here on RD we are trying to make sure all the issues get out in the open and nothing is forgotten so that as it sorts itself out, we might end up in a better place next time around.

  • nunsuch

    Not sure what you mean. What is painful is all these MEN making decisions about families (or, indeed, anything). If you have a way to deal with that, please do so–millions of us will be thrilled…

  • Jim Reed

    The Catholic church is reaching a level of maturity where the people realize they don’t necessarily have to follow church teachings on important issues. The Nuns have done their part to help, but it gets hard during the crack downs. I think the nuns have to continue, and approach it from the point of view that they are serving the people, not the church.

  • Luis Gutierrez

    The ordination of women to the priesthood is the necessary and sufficient condition for reform. Until this is done, all we are going to see are superficial distractions of little consequence.