It's no secret that the German Catholic Church's reform project is a thorn in Pope Francis' side, writes commentator Renardo Schlegelmilch. But Francis' latest letter on the subject came as a surprise for just about everyone.
Asking pardon for speaking plainly, Pope Francis told members of the International Theological Commission that "one of the great sins we have had is 'masculinizing' the church," which also can be seen by the fact that only five of the commission members are women.
Notre Dame theologian John Cavadini's article on the Synod of Bishops' synthesis document raises important questions about important issues and does so without demonizing anyone or rejecting the synodal process itself.
The case for removing Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Vatican official, is simple. The case for firing Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland is more complicated. Removing a diocesan bishop should remain a rare exception.
Telling Syro-Malabar Catholics in India's Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly that he does not want to see anyone excommunicated, Pope Francis pleaded with the priests and faithful to end their dispute over the way the Eucharist is celebrated.
The Australian Catholic Church played an outsized role in shaping the global consultation process for Pope Francis' Synod of Bishops. "Australia punched well above its weight," said Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long.
The long-term survival of Lebanon's cedar forests is in doubt, as rising temperatures due to climate change threaten to wipe out biodiversity and scar one of the country's most iconic heritage sites for its Christians.
Author Chanequa Walker-Barnes identifies "self-care" as a practice that must be grounded in a theological reflection of our divine creation. Her new book Sacred Self-Care is an inspiring, empowering read.