Familiaris Consortio, Pope John Paul II's document on the Christian family in the modern world, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in November 2011. Loosely translated from Latin as "The Community of the Family," the document was the fruit of an international Bishops' meeting, or Synod, in 1980. This podcast channel digs into the Bishops' Conference and Vatican archives to look at the Apostolic Exhortation. The contributor is Dr David Thomas - he was a theological advisor, or peritus, to the US Bishops at the 1980 Bishops Synod. Choose from the eight podcasts in the left-hand menu. David M. Thomas is internationally known as an educator and innovative thinker in the areas of family life and adult religious education. He is the author of numerous articles and books and is a sought-after speaker. David and his wife, Karen, have seven children and have been foster-parents to over seventy others. They live in Whitefish, Montana.