NCR Today: Belgium's representative to the family synod has asked that prelates be given the "space and responsibility" to respond to the pastoral needs of those in their care.
Family Synod 2015
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher said the synod should reflect on allowing for female deacons as it seeks to open up more opportunities for women.
Synod, Day 2: Italian archbishop: Discussion over communion for divorce and remarriage still "open;" Canadian: There are "differences of opinion."
In June, upon returning from some much-needed time with family, I caught up with my email only to find a letter from our parish priest denouncing the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision that made same-sex marriage legal. He made two troubling claims: that the Obergefell decision overturned a "millennia of human wisdom" regarding marriage, and that church teaching is "unchanging."
Argentina was experiencing an economic crisis, immigration influx, and devolution of religious affiliation before Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis -- but what's going on with Catholics in Argentina today?
Just got this note from Jim FitzGerald, executive director of the Catholic reform group Call to Action, and thought I should pass it on:
A synod prelate has expressed concern that church leaders discussing family life issues may be limited in their understanding of those issues because of their celibate lifestyles.
While Pope Francis called on the Synod of Bishops to be open to the Spirit in its discussions, one cardinal seemed to say there could be no surprises on one issue.
NCR Today: Despite Pope Francis’ desire not to obsess over sexual issues, for many people in the church and the media that is what the family synod is all about.
Editorial: While Pope Francis advocates for a church with open doors, one door remains shut. On women's ordination, Francis says, "That door is closed."