Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' decision to postpone and widen the planned 2022 synod is extraordinary. Yet I worry how the U.S. bishops will manage to engage in this new and promising synodal process.
Distinctly Catholic: 2020 taught us we never know what unforeseen events will enlighten or becloud all else. We can discern major themes that will shape 2021, but just before the year's end, a new one emerges.
Distinctly Catholic: 2020 began with the U.S. bishops' ad limina visits offering the chance for frank conversations with Pope Francis, but by year's end, opposition to him in the U.S. church was as strong as ever.