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Extraordinary synod ends by affirming tradition
Written by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 -- 12:00 AM
Pope Francis attended the morning session of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family at the Vatican, October 18. The pope said he was pleased with the synod members’ frank exchanges, but warned against extremism in the defense of tradition or the pursuit of progress. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching.

Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on some controversial issues.

Pope, synod fathers comment

The synod’s last working session, October 18, also featured a speech by Pope Francis, in which he celebrated the members’ frank exchanges while warning against extremism in the defense of tradition or the pursuit of progress.

Discussions in the synod hall had grown heated after the October 13 delivery of a midterm report that used strikingly conciliatory language toward people with ways of life contrary to Church teaching, including divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples, and those in same-sex unions.

The summaries of working-group discussions, published October 16, showed a majority of synod fathers wanted the final document to be clearer about relevant Church doctrine and give more attention to families whose lives exemplify that teaching.

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A deeper look at the Synod message
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Dear Friends,

Just as the final documents of the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops were being voted upon and final messages released, I was blessed with the opportunity of meeting with our Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) this past weekend.

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Catholic Order of Foresters marks 100 years at parish
Written by Kevin Wondrash, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

MADISON -- In 1914, 100 years ago, World War I began, Charlie Chaplin appeared in his first film, and Pope Benedict XV was elected as successor to St. Peter.

While most of the people and events from that time have passed, a group of dedicated Catholics in Madison are keeping up the good work started 100 years ago and continuing today.

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