Synod Showdown Report—October 20, 2015

by Michael Voris, S.T.B.  •  •  October 20, 2015   

The latest from the daily Vatican press conferences

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Today's press conference on Tuesday, last week of the Synod, just wrapped up a little bit ago. A lot of good information coming out of it with regard to some of the cardinals and bishops talking about the various needs for family and all that. In one way, it was sort of the most realistic press briefing giving an account of what should be the case, what the Church should be talking about, of all the various problems besetting families.

It's always good, if any of you out there are budding journalists or people out there in media work, to always stay until the very last breath of a press conference because three times now, as a matter of fact, here during the Synod, the very big news has come out as the very last thing that was said.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier from South Africa was asked a question, and he waxed a little eloquent and said (paraphrasing), "I think the one thing missing from the Synod is a prophetic voice" — a prophetic voice where we just call the sin a sin like John the Baptist. But this is a pastoral synod, so we're talking in terms of pastoral, like what can we do and this and that. But then he came back to his prophetic point again and said something to the effect of: "But I don't think pastoral is the best way to be prophetic."

And in that little sum-up, he pretty much said what all the faithful Catholics all over the world are very concerned about, including those of us here in Rome who are actually covering this Synod.


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