The Word Among Us

September 2015 Issue

A “Wrestling Church”

Pope Francis’ vision for the Synod on the Family

A “Wrestling Church”: Pope Francis’ vision for the Synod on the Family

When it comes to family matters, does it ever feel like you’re in the middle of a long, drawn out wrestling match? Maybe your daughter’s marriage is rocky, and you don’t know how to help. Maybe your grandchildren have stopped attending Mass, and it’s causing tension in your family. Maybe you and your spouse disagree on financial issues, like how much money you need to save. Maybe there’s an unmarried couple living together in your neighborhood, and you’re wrestling with the question of how to relate to them.

Then there’s the wrestling that many of us do over the almost constant news reports surrounding marriage and family topics, from gay...

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