Pope Francis has called for a church that is “synodal” at every level, everyone listening to each other, learning from each other and taking responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel.
Family Synod 2015
Editorial: Midway through the synod, our bishops have stumbled upon a key experience of being in and raising a family: uncertainty.
NCR Today: Cardinal Reinhard Marx put in a strong plea to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to be allowed to receive the sacraments under certain conditions.
The church has to respect decisions divorced and remarried people make about their spiritual lives after they examine their conscience, according to Chicago's Archbishop Blase Cupich.
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.
Synod, Day 11: Synod prelates have entered into discussions about how the church should treat persons who divorce and remarry without first obtaining annulments.
Most of the bishops gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Family do not serve in the diocese for which they were first ordained a bishop. None of the eight American delegates serve in the diocese for which they were first ordained. So, for example, when Cardinal Daniel DiNardo was installed as the coadjutor Bishop of Galveston-Houston in 2004, the nuncio read a papal bull appointing him as the new coadjutor bishop and releasing him from his bonds to the diocese of Sioux City where he had previously served as bishop.
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.