The Holy See instructed the Heralds of the Gospel to close the boarding schools the order operates in Brazil. The Vatican's aim is to protect the students from the high risk of psychological and sexual violence.
Root and Branch Inclusive Synod is a lay-led initiative aiming to re-define ministry by restating that a clerical hierarchy that claims a monopoly of judgment is counter to the teaching of the Gospels.
L'Osservatore Romano has published a very personal reflection on Pope Francis' encyclical Fratelli Tutti by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a self-described feminist writer from Nigeria who has become one the world's most prominent young Anglophone authors.
Commentary: This global synodal process is not only ambitious, it is also risky because of its different phases — local, national/continental and central — that will highlight the radical differences in local churches.
Commentary: A key factor for the future of synodality is the relationship between Christianity and the different social and political traditions around the world, in a community as global as the Catholic Church today.
Commentary: Synodality is the biggest wager Pope Francis has made for the Catholic Church. But if it is to be a key aspect of Catholicism, we need to keep in mind that at some point, there will be another pope.
The Catholic bishops of France have decided to create an "interdiocesan canonical criminal court" on a national scale. The project is seen as part of the overall response to the crime of the sexual abuse of minors.
Numerous Catholic bishops from around the world have publicly denounced the Vatican's recent statement forbidding Church blessings for same-sex couples, calling the move "unacceptable," hurtful and clumsy.