This news from the blogsite Bondings 2.0:
“In one week from today, the long-awaited document from Pope Francis which will summarize the 2014 and 2015 Vatican synods on the family and offer his direction for pastoral practice will be released on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 12 noon, Rome time (6:00 a.m. for the U.S. east coast). The Vatican announced the release date of the document, known as an apostolic exhortation, yesterday, according to a news story in The National Catholic Reporter.“
Read the entire conjectural blog briefing at Bondings 2.0. Françis DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministries and writer of the blog, had the opportunity to be in Rome during the 2015 Bishop’s Synod on Marriage and the Family as a journalist. It was a confusing time with contested debate, as well as cryptic and two-edged reprimands from Pope Françis at the lectern. Adding to the confusion at the time were social media events and infamous persons intentionally causing media sensationalism in advocacy of their personal politico-religious agenda.
Since the 2015 Bishops’ Synod and during foreign state visits which seemed ripe for merciful proclamations, the pope has remained silent or coyly advocated against “ideological colonization“—a reference to the influence of western and 1st-world nations sanctioning for tolerance of LGBT issues and same-sex marriage.
The chance still exists for Françis to mark his tenure as a pontificate of monumental and substantial reform. The encyclical is an opportunity for Françis to place his actions where his words are during this Jubilee Year of Mercy.