The highest ranking dignitary of the Catholic Church in the United States is coming to the Athenaeum to speak about the recent synods on the family. His talk, “Inspiring and Accompanying Families in Christ: Reflections on the Synods on the Family,” will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 9 in the Athenaeum’s Bartlett Pastoral Center. The Gardner Lecture in Moral Theology is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. All are welcome to attend. Additionally, the talk will be streamed live on the Athenaeum website and archived here.
“Having Archbishop Joseph Kurtz speak here now is important, particularly because of the recent Synods on the Family,” said Athenaeum Dean Father Earl Fernandes.
The first, “Extraordinary” Synod took place October 5-19 of 2014 in Rome as bishops from all around the world gathered to discuss the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. The second and final “Ordinary” Synod on the family took place this year from October 4-25 in Philadelphia.
“As president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Kurtz has participated in the last two synods. While many will try to “spin” the synod according to their particular agendas, Archbishop Kurtz has always struck me as being both direct and compassionate. As the Year of Mercy begins, I am looking forward to his insights as to how we might accompany families along their journeys – in mercy and in truth,” noted Fr. Fernandes.
From his experiences at the synods, Archbishop Kurtz said Catholic families must play a leading role in evangelization. “We need families who can witness — even through their own wounds and difficulties – the beauty of marriage and family life.”
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