Resources for the Synod of Bishops on the Family

Useful resources

Synod of Bishops

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri
Secretary General
Synod of Bishops
Via della Conciliazione, 34
00120 Citta del Vaticano
Telephone: (0039) or

U.S. Delegates to the synod

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 Fourth Street NE
Washington DC 20017

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
Vice President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
1700 San Jacinto
Houston, TX 77001-0907
Email: (Jonah Dycus, Secretariat for Communications)

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Center
222 North 17th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1299

Archbishop Jose Gomez
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010-2202
Email: (Monica Valencia, Media/Communications)

Alternates for the synod

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
Archdiocese of San Francisco
One Peter Yorke Way
San Francisco, CA 94109

Archbishop Blase Cupich
Office of the Archbishop
Archdiocese of Chicago
PO Box 1979
Chicago, IL.  60690-1979
Phone:  312-534-8230

Other synod participants

Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Archdiocese of New York
1011 First Ave.
New York, NY 10020

Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archdiocese of Washington
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017

Documents, Speeches and Analysis

Pope Preps the Synod

Pope opens synod criticizing ‘bad shepherds,’ those who ‘thwart’ God

Midterm Document

Final Document from 2014 Synod

Pope Francis’ address to the Synod (final address)

Side by Side Comparison of Midterm and Final document

Lineamenta for 2015 Ordinary Synod

Theological Treatments

Marriage:  Developments in Catholic Theology and Ethics by Lisa Sowle Cahill

Bishops of England and Wales – Reflection Document for the Clergy on Marriage and Family

Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley talks divorce, remarriage, and Communion

The Message of Mercy by C. Walter Kasper

Merciful God, Merciful Church by C. Walter Kasper

Full text (Italian) of C. Kasper’s speech to Cardinals in February

Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried

For those interested – arguments for maintaining current traditions


12/29/2014 – Remarried divorcees issue a test case for church’s credibility, German bishops convinced

12/27/2014 – Church seeks people’s views on challenges facing the family (Malta)

12/22/2014 – Schönborn: The family is a survival network, the fundamental cell of society

12/16/2014 – Bishops “musn’t be like the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son (interview with Cardinal Christoph Schönborn)

12/7/2014 – The synod on the family: “The divorced and remarried seem excommunicated” (Interview with Pope Francis)

12/9/2014 – Vatican asks for wide input on 2015 synod, not based on doctrine

12/9/2014 – Schönborn: The next synod must concentrate on the realities of family life

11/21/2014 – Curran: Papacy should admit some of its teachings are wrong

11/21/2014 – Pope appoints synod critic Napier to leadership of 2015 meeting

11/20/2014 – The year Ratzinger said “yes” to communion for remarried divorcees

11/10/2014 – Reactions to the family synod range from concern to elation

11/4/2014 – Irish archbishop decries comments critical of pope following synod (Archbishop Dairmund)

10/27/2014 – English cardinal’s pastoral letter addresses themes discussed at synod (Cardinal Vincent Nichols)

10/27/2014 – Church must reach out to gays, divorced, Philippine bishop says

10/26/2014 – The Danger of Donatism in Ministering to the Divorced and Remarried

10/24/2014 – Time for bishops to imitate Francis in consulting priests and laity

10/23/2014 – Schönborn: Get rid of ‘tunnel view’ when it comes to discussion of families

10/21/2014 – The Synod: What Does It Mean? Part II

10/20/2014 – Kasper: Francis’ map for reform will outlive his pontificate

10/20/2014 –The Synod: What Does It Mean? Part I

10/17/2014 – Kurtz: With discussions, synod ‘doing what it’s supposed to do’

10/17/2014 – Cardinal Marx: Doctrine can develop, change

10/16/2014 –Synod’s promotion of ‘gradualism’ does little for several fundamental human rights issues

10/16/2014 – Graduality at the Synod

10/15/2014 – Synod [midterm] document an ‘unbiased summary,’ Spanish cardinal says

10/13/2014 – Synod attendee: Divorced and remarried Catholics most frequent topic at debates

10/11/2014 – Archbishop Martin: Synod developing church doctrine

10/10/2014 – Austrian, German cardinals stress need for new look at teachings on marriage, family

10/10/2014 – Bishops debate: Where does doctrine end and pastoral practice begin?

10/10/2014 – Married life is better with natural family planning, say couples at synod

10/9/2014 – Kasper’s book: Mercy has been ‘criminally neglected,’ which is ‘catastrophic’

10/6/2014 – Speakers tell pope, synod that parishes should welcome same-sex couples

9/9/2014 – Kasper presses for full return of those in second marriages

9/4/2014 – Synod on the Family Part III (C. Kasper and Divorced/Remarried Catholics) – by Michael Sean Winters

08/28/2014 – Catholic church must welcome ‘unconventional couples,’ top Italian bishop says

2011- 2014 – Cardinals, Bishops, and Other Catholic Church Leaders Who Have Made Positive Statements about Civil Unions, Same-Gender Relationships, and Marriage Equality

Shared stories/Catholics speak out

10/18/2014 – Finding healing and acceptance after same-sex love collides with religion

12/29/2014 – A Deacon’s View of the Holy Family

12/29/2014 –New Year of Virtuous living and marriage and family 

12/29/2014 – Report from meeting of women in India on Interfaith Marriages for Synod of Bishops on the Family


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