South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier said the synod's relatio has put the prelates in "a position that is virtually irredeemable."
The former Twin Cities chancellor said current canonical and civil processes are incapable of bringing about reparations for clergy sex abuse victims that Pope Francis requested.
The issue is especially pressing in Africa, where Nigeria recently adopted harsh prison terms for people in same-sex relationships.
On the Road to Peace: Spending time in the places where Gandhi started his ministry encouraged me to carry on my own journey of nonviolence and peace.
On the Road to Peace: It was a dream come true to spend time in South Africa, to listen, learn and see for myself the beauty of the land.
On the Road to Peace: I left the powerful, excellent "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" emboldened and motivated to do more for justice and peace.
We say: Reflecting on Mandela, it lifts our spirits to recall that the ideals of freedom and equality cannot be contained behind prison bars.
Nelson Mandela’s death reminds me of the one small thing I was able to do to help South Africa in my life.
On the Road to Peace: With everyone else, I've been mourning, celebrating and reflecting these past few days on the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela.