Opinion: Because complementarity will be discussed at the upcoming synod, it's important to compare how Francis and John Paul II viewed the concept.
Synod on the Family
The presidents of the bishops' conferences of Germany, France and Switzerland decided their preparation for the Synod of Bishops on the family could benefit from listening to theologians, biblical scholars and canon lawyers from all three countries, said the spokesman for the German bishops.
"It was a real fruitful discussion and very broad and that was important; it was not just about the hot topics" of divorce and homosexuality, Matthias Kopp, the spokesman, told Catholic News Service on Wednesday.
"We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality."
Ross Douthat has written an outstanding piece about Pope Francis in The Atlantic. It provides a worthwhile read into an understanding of the forces that have shaped our current pope.
With months to go before October's synod on the family, bishops from around the world are already discussing some of the main topics.
Opinion: The only healthy family, according to the bishops of the world, is one with a wife and a husband. This makes me sorrowful.
The church must have more confidence in the faithful and take greater heed of decisions of conscience, the German Conference of Religious Superiors says.
NCR Today: Which U.S. dioceses are surveying their Catholics to send input to the Vatican for the next Synod of Bishops on the family?
As of Friday morning, 1,100 people have responded to the 20-question survey produced by Catholic Church Reform International.
The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests is asking its members not to answer the synod questions, but instead rank them in importance.