A definitive statement by the synod and the pope that slams the door on the openings created by many bishops and cardinals. Hence the “freak out.” Will they get it?
A high-level Vatican summit of nearly 200 of the world’s cardinal and bishops has released an interim report at the halfway point of their two-week meeting on how the Catholic Church can better meet the challenges of the modern family. Here’s a look at what the participants and analysts are saying, in tweets:
So Pope Francis didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize, but the Vatican is still making news as he watches his hierarchy hash out some hot-button topics. Here it is, in tweets:
Divorce and remarriage, deductive v. inductive theology, and passing references to birth control. Everything you need to know, in as much as 140 character bites can do it justice
The Peoria prelate basically says assurances from Cardinal Edward Egan, Dolan’s predecessor, are at the heart of the unusual public clash of hierarchs.
Bishop Galantino: “I don’t identify with the expressionless person who stands outside the abortion clinic reciting their rosary, but with young people, who are still against this practice, but are instead fighting for quality of life, their health, their right to work.”
The LCWR’s frank but hopeful statement about meetings with the Vatican’s doctrinal chief: “This work is fraught with tension and misunderstanding.”
A passage from the Vatican doctrinal czar’s blast at the U.S. sisters seems lifted directly from a National Catholic Register story that made the same points the cardinal did this week.
The details about the pontiff’s alleged call to an Argentine woman are changing, but if the story is true, it would still be a big deal. Here’s why, and what we know so far.
News this morning from the Jesuit curia in Rome says that the Rev. Frans van der Lugt, a 75-year-old Jesuit who refused to leave Syria so that he could remain to work with the poor and refugees from the civil war, has been killed.