A Roman Observer: Pope Francis is bound and determined to make sure that nothing derails his mission of reforming the Catholic church.
“The frame of reference is now going to be: ‘What does the gospel really say here?’ That’s our first task,” said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Maltese Sr. Carmen Sammut said that, after the synod, women religious are called to carry forth the pastoral work that the official church is sometimes unable to do.
One of the cardinals drafting the final document from the Synod of Bishops says he does not expect it to propose a path to Communion for the remarried.
Synod Interview: "Is the church so in tradition that when newness is afoot, and it’s afoot in the street with the experience of the people, are we missing it?"
Cardinal Donald Wuerl said a challenge facing bishops is being clear about the church's moral teachings but then also meeting people where they are in life without just admonishing them.
Synod Interview, Part 2: "Once you're into that maelstrom of discernment you really have to make an act of faith that there is something greater than Solomon."
Archbishop John Myers has given his priests strict guidelines on refusing Communion to Catholics who support gay marriage or whose own marriage is invalid in the eyes of the church.
Synod Interview, Part 1: Archbishop Mark Coleridge said this synod is “probably more directly and deeply related to Vatican II than any other synod I've known.”
A priest has lost his post in northern Italy after saying he can “understand” pedophilia within the church. The priest appeared to blame children for sexual abuse and described homosexuality as a sickness.
“Pedophilia I can understand, homosexuality I don’t understand,” Fr. Gino Flaim, a priest in Trento, told Italy’s La7 channel. “Unfortunately there are children that look for affection, because they don’t have it at home. And perhaps if they find a priest, he could also give in.”