A “Wrestling Church”

Pope Francis’ vision for the Synod on the Family

A “Wrestling Church”

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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 marriage rulings to the latest statistics on divorce. The ground appears to be shifting under our feet, and we all want firm definitive answers.

If this describes you, then know that you are not alone. In fact, you are in very distinguished company. Pope Francis himself, along with bishops from around the world, is wrestling with very similar questions!

A Wrestling Pope. One of Francis’ roles as pope is to guard the deposit of our Catholic faith. That sounds very clear-cut, but it’s not always clear how we should live out the truths of our faith, especially in a rapidly changing world. How do you balance the call to purity with the call to mercy? How do…

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