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.
With his easel set up back from the massive crowd along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just south of the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Kevin Johnson felt inspired to paint.
Pope Francis has tried to warn us that the word of God is unruly, that it accomplishes what it wills in ways that surpass our calculations and ways of thinking (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Frankly, the unruliness of the word has been a problem for God’s people from their very beginnings, and today’s readings show us how and why.
At the World Meeting of Families, LGBT Catholic activists and advocates for traditional teaching on sexuality agree -- the church isn't always an easy place to have these conversations.
Philadelphia — The packed, four-day schedule of the World Meetings of Families, had a single session devoted to families and homosexuality. Scheduled for Thursday afternoon in the main hall, capable of seating at least 10,000, and it was moved at the last minute to another room room capable of seating only about 1,000. Hundreds of others were turned away.