Faith and Justice: Perhaps as early as March, Pope Francis will issue his much-anticipated document on the family. Will he take many recommendations from the draft or present his own vision?
Family Synod 2015
NCR Today: The Vatican has released the English language translation of the final document from October’s worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops on family life.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, Australian Cardinal George Pell, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, and Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle are among the 15 prelates who will be planning and organizing the next global meeting of Catholic bishops.
The four bishops will be part of a group preparing the next Synod of Bishops, following conclusion of the closely watched three-week Synod held at the Vatican last month on issues of family life.
Faith and Justice: Difficult topics should have been examined by an ad hoc committee with a diverse membership, which should have reported back to the synod.
Editorial: The 2015 Synod of Bishops was extraordinary in ways probably not anticipated or wished for by many of those who planned and attended the gatherings held over two years.
NCR Today: The synod votes affirm the long-cherished process in the church that allows an individual to assert the primacy of conscience in decision-making.
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.
The Synod of Bishops concluded over the weekend. The full text has yet to be translated into English, and once it is I shall write about it in its entirety. But, we know enough about the synod itself to note who and what won, or at least advanced the ball, during the past three weeks.
NCR Today: If a religious brother can be a voting member of the synod of bishops, why can't a religious sister?