Synod dispute over Communion issue rachets up

  The dispute between conservative Cardinal George Pell of Australia and the more liberal German bishops broke out into the open Wednesday, with the Germans saying they felt “dismay and sadness” that Pell had fostered division in the synod with his recent public remarks. The German bishops favor a proposal put forth by German Cardinal… Continue reading Synod dispute over Communion issue rachets up

Is the synod’s focus too Western? Even bishops don’t seem to know

ROME — As delegates continue to find their footing during the early stages of the Synod on the Family, Thursday’s press briefing showed that the range of topics under consideration is wide, and that some disagreements about what should, and shouldn’t, be discussed are emerging. Archbishop Charles G. Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, asserted the strength… Continue reading Is the synod’s focus too Western? Even bishops don’t seem to know

Pope Francis is playing with house money in betting on the 2015 Synod

ROME — In the abstract, Pope Francis might have reason to be a bit nervous that his much-ballyhooed Synod of Bishops on the family, an Oct. 4-25 summit he’s been touting as a potentially defining moment of his papacy for almost two years, might be about to run off the rails. We’ve already had confirmation,… Continue reading Pope Francis is playing with house money in betting on the 2015 Synod

Reports: Pope Francis met Kentucky clerk Kim Davis

Pope Francis secretly met Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk under fire for refusing to issue marriage licenses for gay couples, while he was in Washington last week, according to reports out Tuesday. “The pope spoke in English,” Davis told Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican magazine, a conservative periodical that reported the newson its website,… Continue reading Reports: Pope Francis met Kentucky clerk Kim Davis