Five Australian archbishops testified before a government commission on child sexual abuse, reiterating apologies and taking responsibility for actions that occurred before they were church leaders.
Second Vatican Council
Catholic institutions and ministries need to adapt and prepare for growing diversity, according to a report presented to U.S. bishops Nov. 15.
Viewpoint: Catholics and Lutherans have made more progress in the last 50 years toward healing the wounds of our divisions than we have in the last five centuries.
Cardinal-designate Kevin Farrell said he has a hard time understanding why some bishops have reacted negatively to Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love.")
Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl says the document reflects the tradition of the Roman Catholic church and the consensus opinion of its highest-ranking prelates.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI reveals that he was among those who were dissatisfied with Pope Paul VI's 1968 teaching prohibiting Catholics from using artificial birth control.
"People call me 'the enemy of the pope' and so forth. I have never been and I am not presently the enemy of the pope," says Cardinal Raymond Burke.
Viewpoint: Give qualified laypersons real authority to lead faith communities. This could shift emphasis of pastoral leadership towards preaching the kingdom.
Augustinian Fr. Gabriel Daly criticized the absence of Irish bishops at the funeral mass of Marist Fr. Sean Fagan, who was censured by the Vatican in 2008.
German Cardinal Reinhard Marx also told NCR that Pope Francis' Vatican reforms depend on "a new relationship between lay people and clerics, that is clear."