Saturday, the 33rd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - 117 Vietnamese martyred in the mid 17th c.
Readings for today’s Mass
Young people today are sensitive to injustice and inequality. In fact, most young people in the world are poor, exploited and living in areas of conflict. The social justice message of the church will resonate with the young who want to challenge the status quo. The church must be a leader in the fight for justice and in the work of reconciliation.
With that in mind, migration was discussed at length. In the final text the bishops say that migration is a “paradigm of our time.” The Synod said that many young people migrate unaccompanied as a result of violence, political and religious persecution, natural disasters, poverty, human trafficking, drugs and psychological and physical abuse. We cannot but face the issue of migration head-on. We must be aware of and counter politicians who use migrants as scapegoats for political ends.
A second point of much discussion was the role of women in the Church. The bishops use the strongest language yet from the Church, calling for women to be involved in decision-making on all levels in the Church’s structure. It also calls it a “duty of justice” and says that this requires a “courageous cultural conversion”.
The bishops also addressed human sexuality. The synod admits that the Church does not have all the answers. It said that there are issues “related to the body, affectivity and sexuality that need a deeper anthropological, theological and pastoral elaboration.” During the Synod it was clear that the Church and young people are not on the same page when it comes to understanding human sexuality today.
And with that discussion, was the topic of the clerical sexual assault crisis the Church faces. The text of the final document will say that revelations of abuse are a “serious obstacle” to the Church’s mission. It admits that many abuse cases have been handled in a manner “lacking responsibility, transparency” and pastoral care. It acknowledges that all forms of corruption and clericalism need to be uprooted since they are intertwined with abuse. It says that abuse causes suffering for the victims that “last all of one’s life that no amount of repentance can remedy.”
This and much more will be addressed in greater depth in a formal synod document yet to be approved. It remains to be seen what the bishops heard from the many voices of the synod. If you'd like to explore the synod more fully, there are endless resources online. Surely any reputable Catholic periodical will offer an opinion on what was said. They are talking about your Church. Be informed.
Excerpted, in part, from the Jesuit Institute and NCR.