Commentary

A radical shift away from a church with inflexible laws

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.

African feminist reflects on 'Fratelli Tutti' in Vatican paper

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.

New tensions in France over Tridentine Rite

The Archdiocese of Dijon, France, has asked the traditionalist Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter to leave for refusing to concelebrate Mass according to the post-Vatican II rite.

French archdiocese freed from 18 years of abusive leadership

The new archbishop of Avignon, the 14th century seat of the papacy, must heal a serious crisis of confidence left by a predecessor who was in place for nearly two decades.