Distinctly Catholic: I want to push back against some of the prebuttals to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation and discuss what we can anticipate.
Synod of Bishops
A Vatican reading guide sent to bishops ahead of Francis’ document on family life says the pontiff wants the church to adopt a new stance of inclusion towards society.
Faith and Justice: No governance system is perfect since it has to be run by fallible human beings. But the church's current highly centralized system has come under heavy fire.
Just Catholic: I think it is a serious misstep on the part of the powers-that-be to assume that a) everybody knows what went on at the synod; b) anybody cares.
Highlighting Pope Francis’s instructions to the hierarchy, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, USCCB president, opened the body’s annual fall meeting with a reflection on the upcoming year of mercy.
Faith and Justice: Difficult topics should have been examined by an ad hoc committee with a diverse membership, which should have reported back to the synod.
NCR Today: Should we be encouraged or discouraged by the synod? Two recent articles in the National Catholic Reporter reflect dramatically different answers to this question.
NCR Today: "The church’s outer form can be changed," Cardinal Reinhard Marx said. "For some people that sounds ominous but I don’t feel in any way threatened by that."
Editorial: The 2015 Synod of Bishops was extraordinary in ways probably not anticipated or wished for by many of those who planned and attended the gatherings held over two years.
Simply Spirit: Regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, if the church doesn't help people connect with God, what's the point?