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.
Synod of Bishops
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?
NCR Today: If a religious brother can be a voting member of the synod of bishops, why can't a religious sister?
Young Voices: Women were screened off and barred from voting in the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London; some things haven't changed.
Synod Day 3: Liked minded groups are lobbying for their positions, Philly archbishop says. “That’s what happens when human beings get together.”
Opinion: While the synod pretends widespread consultation from around the world, the “membership” is all men all the time.