Copy Desk Daily, Nov. 7, 2019

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For decades, synods put on a show of dialogue only to arrive at papal-approved conclusions. NCR's editorial today contends that Pope Francis has changed the game, bringing on no-holds barred discussions and the complexities that come with them. As we saw in the recent synod for the Amazon, genuine dialogue takes church into unscripted territory.

The Francis pontificate is 'a place of spiritual combat,' claims papal biographer Austen Ivereigh. He told an audience at Fordham University that while Francis remains popular in the pews, the largely U.S.-made right-wing resistance has created a struggle.

At Villanova University, they're dissecting the church's sexual abuse crisis in an ongoing speaker series. On Friday, theologian Fr. Richard Lennan put forth the need for regular conversion in the church. The bishops' cover-up of abuse epitomized the harm of "communal forgetfulness and sinful disregard of self-criticism."

Sr. Mary Jaeger recounts the collaborative venture between two congregations of women religious in South Dakota. They're bringing health care to the "middle of nowhere," with 25 years of making a positive impact through telemedicine.

"When you're weary, feeling small ..." Young Voices columnist Rebecca Collins Jordan experienced a transformation in her Catholic spiritual life thanks to two Jewish New Yorkers: How Simon and Garfunkel settled my years of doubt.

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