Synod on the Family

A group of bishops from around the world gathers in Rome this week. The synod’s topic is the family. But the underlying issue is Catholicism’s relation to the sexual revolution. Catholics in . . . . Continue Reading »

Instrumentum Laboris

Last fall, in preparation for this fall’s Synod on the Family, an extraordinary synod met in Rome. Between that meeting and this year’s, a Vatican-­appointed committee produced a document. It’s called the Instrumentum Laboris, the working document to guide deliberation. Reading it is a ­depressing experience. It reminds me of how weak Catholicism’s ­intellectual culture has become, at least in some official circles.