Synod Day 5: Participants released reports from 13 different small discussion groups that have been meeting since Tuesday.
Family Synod 2015
Synod remarks: “How perfect and holy must one be to be allowed to the supper of the Lord?” Berlin's Catholic archbishop pointedly asked the Synod of Bishops.
Synod Day 4: "It would be difficult for anybody to tell me Africa is blocking anything," said Ghanaian Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, speaking at a Vatican press conference Oct. 8.
Society and the church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the church and the family is "indissoluble," Pope Francis said.
Families bring needed values and a humanizing spirit to society and, when they mirror God's love for all, they teach the church how it should relate to all people, including the "imperfect," the pope said Oct. 7 during his weekly general audience.
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher told Catholic News Service Tuesday that he had used his three-minute address to the worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops in Rome to address the church's stance towards women, proposing the ordination of women as deacons.
Durocher, who is a former president of the Canadian bishops' conference and leads the archdiocese of Gatineau in Quebec, has posted the full text of his remarks at his French-language blog.
Synod Day 3: Liked minded groups are lobbying for their positions, Philly archbishop says. “That’s what happens when human beings get together.”
Professor of theology predicts the synod may move the dial on allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to participate in Communion and on welcoming gay people and their families into the church
Just Catholic: Early church fathers preferred asceticism but wrote that married households are the basis of Christian community.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx made it clear that the problem of whether or not to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to partake of communion would not be the synod's major topic.
Opinion: While the synod pretends widespread consultation from around the world, the “membership” is all men all the time.