NCR Today: Catholic parishes throughout the U.S. are shutting their doors, due in part to a priest shortage. Some organizations believe ordaining married priests is the answer.
Synod Day 3: Liked minded groups are lobbying for their positions, Philly archbishop says. “That’s what happens when human beings get together.”
Professor of theology predicts the synod may move the dial on allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to participate in Communion and on welcoming gay people and their families into the church
A small c catholic: One of my differences with Catholic sacramental theology has to do with tying a central church belief to an outdated science, which strikes me as odd.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
"They are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate."
This affirmation of the intent and sanctity of marriage, first set forth in the Book of Genesis and then repeated by the Marcan Jesus, may appear to be a beautiful but impossible ideal -- as seem so many of the teachings postulated by Jesus in the Gospel. But Jesus was not a proponent of the impossible.
NCR Today: The interim administrator of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese is inviting Catholics to a series of listening sessions and asking for input as the archdiocese waits for a new archbishop.
Simply Spirit: In our U.S. church, female ministers and lay leaders probably outnumber priests by at least 10 to one, so it’s disheartening that none were included in prayer services.
A Roman Observer: Pope Francis finally came to the United States, and for the vast majority of Americans, even Catholics, he was here today and gone tomorrow.
NCR Today: Pope Francis made quite the splash in the United States this week, but to reduce the "Francis effect" to mere politics is to miss the radical personal transformation that the pope calls for.