At question at several sessions was whether Pope Francis is in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who some saw as more doctrinally conservative.
With his apostolic exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis finally makes his real debut as papal author.
Review: In Occupy Spirituality, the authors summon us to a dialogue of openness to the genuine needs and insights of the people, especially the "new generation."
THANK YOU, ANARCHY: NOTES FROM THE OCCUPY APOCALYPSE
By Nathan Schneider
Published by University of California Press, $24.95
OCCUPY RELIGION: THEOLOGY OF THE MULTITUDE
By Joerg Rieger and Kwok Pui-lan
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, $21.95
Comparing notes from recent Vatican statements, it is hard to decipher whether the Vatican's call for consultation is unprecedented or something that's happened for decades.
The sexual abuse crisis hopefully will "help us become more humble, less arrogant and bossy in our ministry," Bishop Charles Scicluna told the Canon Law Society of America.
Anyone who's familiar with the arduous, years-long process of getting English-language liturgical texts into use might be a bit surprised to learn that there is no comparable system for single-source Spanish translations of missals and other liturgical books.
Longtime church historian Jesuit Fr. John O'Malley said he sees potential for church reform, even if it's just from the new tone and message coming from Rome.
The Vatican's highest doctrinal official on Tuesday reaffirmed church teaching barring divorced and remarried Catholics from the sacrament without an annulment of their first sacramental marriage.