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.
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.
The German speaking bishops at the Synod: “The Church’s doctrine of marriage was developed and deepened in history."
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.”
Synod, Day 8: A letter from several cardinals to Pope Francis, reportedly given to Francis on the first day of the synod, sees the cardinals sharply criticize the meeting.
Synod remarks: “We are bringing the same message," said Archbishop Thomas Msusa, Malawi's synod representative. "Let us live proudly the heritage of what we have received: the Christian family."
Synod Day 6: Discussions begin to center on two big issues: the role of mercy and the church's vision on the indissolubility of marriage.