Catholics in the United States are "excited" and "pleased" with the "hopeful" document, though some doubt much will change.
The 400-plus academics emerged with a recognition that sensus fidelium is a gift the church must continue to grapple with.
NCR Today: We all complement each other in various ways. Why couldn't God have ordained love to flow in a different direction?
Overall, church/organized religion is now ranked in fourth place in the Gallup survey behind the military, small business and the police.
"The efforts to stand together on behalf of all human development ... are the new picket lines of today," the cardinal said at a conference at AFL-CIO headquarters.
Are you by chance a hairy, manspreading slob? Or a woman who dresses way too young for her actual age? Or one of those "hyperactive gum-chewing kids with messy hair and dirty hands, checking their iPhones and annoying everyone within earshot or eyesight"?
Then you may want to reconsider your summertime churchgoing shtick.
Or at least check to see who is celebrating Mass if you are heading to a parish in the Roman Catholic diocese of Providence, R.I.
A broad cross-section of reactions met the news of the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.
Parish Diary: Religions rise. Religions fall. Is the Catholic church going out of business? It's a fair question.
Updated: U.S. Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis resigned this morning, along with his auxiliary, Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.
In his first letter to the believers in Corinth, Paul offered his perspective concerning the growth and development of the community: "I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. This means that neither he who plants nor he who waters is of any special account, only God who gives the growth" (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).