Faith and Justice: There are five reasons the synod was doomed to fail before it started. Perhaps Pope Francis can save it, but the odds are against him.
Preview: Spending her religious life as part of a Christian minority in Muslim North Africa helped prepare Sr. Carmen Sammut for diverse opinions and backgrounds shared at the synod.
Synod, Day 11: Synod prelates have entered into discussions about how the church should treat persons who divorce and remarry without first obtaining annulments.
The German speaking bishops at the Synod: “The Church’s doctrine of marriage was developed and deepened in history."
Synod Interview, Part 2: "Once you're into that maelstrom of discernment you really have to make an act of faith that there is something greater than Solomon."
Synod, Day 10: The Catholic prelates attending the synod have again revealed apparently significant differences of opinion on how the church should approach families, particularly over using inclusive language.
Francis: "I would like to ask forgiveness in the name of the church for the scandals that have happened in this last period both in Rome and at the Vatican.”
NCR Today: Benedictine Abbot Jeremias Schröder said he wished for a greater presence of women religious at a synod which was specifically on the family.
Synod Interview, Part 1: Archbishop Mark Coleridge said this synod is “probably more directly and deeply related to Vatican II than any other synod I've known.”