“The frame of reference is now going to be: ‘What does the gospel really say here?’ That’s our first task,” said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Pope Francis named two new archbishops, Matteo Maria Zuppi and Corrado Lorefice, in Italy on Oct. 27, as strategic appointments for the pontiff’s push to create a “poor church.”
A Roman Observer: If you really want to know what happened inside the synod, don't obsess too much over its final report on the church and the family.
Maltese Sr. Carmen Sammut said that, after the synod, women religious are called to carry forth the pastoral work that the official church is sometimes unable to do.
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Pope Francis concluded the synod warning against a temptation to practice a spirituality that ignores people’s struggles or sees things only as we wish them to be.
Faith and Justice: All right. Let’s get it over with. I was too pessimistic in my prediction of how the synod would end. I should have trusted the Spirit.
The Synod of Bishops has softened the church’s practice towards those who have divorced and remarried, saying they should discern decisions individually with priests.
Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.