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Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) - Cardinal Robert Sarah has told the Synod of Bishops they should respond to the twin threats of Western and Islamic radicals by helping the world realize the beauty of the Christian family. To use a slogan, we find ourselves between gender ideology and ISIS. Islamic massacres and libertarian de- mands regularly contend for the front page of the news- papers, the cardinal said in his intervention (speech) at the synod. From these two radicalizations arise the two major threats to the family. He compared the twin challenges of the idolatry of Western freedom and Is- lamic fundamentalism to two apocalyptic beasts. Cardinal Sarah, the Guin- ea-born head of the Congre- fation for Divine Worship, said he hoped the synod would help Pope Francis enunciate clearly truths and real guidance on a global level. He especially advocated that the Church promote the epiphany of the family. We must proclaim the truth without fear, he said, stressing Gods plan for the family as monogamous, con- jugal love that is open to life. Together with a strong and clear word of the Supreme Magisterium, pastors have the mission of helping our contemporaries to discover the beauty of the Christian family. The Synod of Bishops is meeting in Vatican City Oct. 4-25 to discuss the mission and vocation of the family in the Church and the modern world. In Cardinal Sarahs judg- ment, the family in the West faces subjectivist disintegra- tion through easy divorce, abortion, homosexual unions, and euthanasia. He specified the threats of the gender the- ory, the LGBT lobby, Inter- national Planned Parenthood Federation, and the radical feminist group Femen. He also criticized the pseu- do-family of radical Islam which he said legitimizes polygamy, female subser- vience, sexual slavery, and child marriage. He named as threats Boko Haram, the Islamic State, and Al-Qaeda. For Cardinal Sarah, the Spirit of Truth promotes communion in distinction. By contrast, these negative flobal trends encourage con- fusion about marriage. Furthermore, they demand a universal and totalitarian rule, are violently intolerant, destroyers of families, soci- ety and the Church, and are openly Christianophobic, said the cardinal, according to a translation of his remarks by journalist Diane Montagna. Cardinal Sarah suggest- ed these two trends have a demonic origin, alluding to St. Pauls words of Ephesians 6: We are not contending against creatures of flesh and blood We need to be inclusive and welcoming to all that is human; but what comes from the Enemy cannot and must not be assimilated, the cardinal advised. You cannot join Christ and Be- lial! What Nazi fascism and communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today. For Cardinal Sarah, the marriage crisis is essential- ly a crisis of God, but also a crisis of faith. We bishops have the urgent duty to recognize and promote the charisms, move- ments, and ecclesial realities in which the family is truly revealed, this prodigy of har- mony, love of life and hope in eternity, this cradle of faith and school of charity. The 2014 Extraordinary Synod was marked by ten- sions among some bishops and controversy over some proposals to change Catholic practices in order to better accommodate Catholics in irregular relationships. The cardinal said that he sensed in the 2014 synod the temptation to yield to the mentality of the secularized world and individualistic West. He warned against approaches that mean giving up hope in the transforming power of faith and the Gos- pel. The Gospel that once transformed cultures is now in danger of being trans- formed by them, he said. Some 2014 synod proce- dures did not seem aimed to advance discussion and com- munion, he said. Rather, they seemed to promote a way of seeing typical of certain fringe groups of the wealthi- est churches. This is contrary to a poor Church, a joyously evangelical and prophetic sign of contra- diction to worldliness. Bogot, Colombia (CNA) - In the South American nation of Colombia where an estimated 70 percent of the population identifies as Catholic - it is not unusual to encounter Cath- olic priests at a cathedral, or perhaps at a religious school or hospital. Seeing scores of priests at a shopping mall, on the other hand, is a less frequent occurrence. But for thousands of shoppers at Gran Estacin Mall in Bogota, Colombia, thats exactly what happened. Some 350 priests congregated at the mall to offer the Sacra- ment of Reconciliation in a Confess-a-thon held Oct. 6-7. Shoppers were surprised to see the priests, who were spread out at different stations throughout the mall, offering opportunities for Confession, or just to talk. Many took advantage of the opportunity. Its good to draw near to the Lord, to be reconciled, to give up all this evil, said Luz Alba, a woman at the Bogota mall, according to the Colombian Bishops Conference. Its a marvelous opportunity to go out to the people so they can be reconciled with God, Father Ariel Vifara, a priest of the Apostolic Vicariate of Guapi said. Father Hernn Baz explained that the mall was chosen be- cause it contains a chapel and prayer room, run by the Lord of the Beatitudes Parish, which Fr. Baz heads. What we were able to accomplish with these days of Con- fession is to show that the merciful Jesus walks through the streets, even in a mall, he said. Confess-a-thon' at Colombian mall draws 350 priests COURTESY OF CONFERENCIA EPISCOPAL COLOMBIANA Shoppers line up for confession at a Colombian mall. More than 300 priests hear confessions or just talk with people. 16 October 23, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Attention Retailers! The U.P. Catholic Newspaper's Gift Giving Guides reach over 18,000 homes! For more information contact Deacon Steve at upc@new.rr.com 1-866-452-5112 Cardinal Sarah: The Christian family counters extremism

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