An article by Josephine McKenna points out some contradictions as we gear up for the opening of the Synod of Bishops on the family. A conservative group of cardinals is releasing a new book that challenges Cardinal Walter Kasper's efforts to move the conversation in the direction of change.
New Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher has pledged to regain the confidence of Australian Catholics and the broader community in the wake of the church's sexual abuse scandal.
Pope Francis named the bishop of Parramatta and former auxiliary bishop of Sydney to succeed Cardinal George Pell, now prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy.
"There can be no more excuses, no more cover-ups and the victims have to be put first," Fisher said.
The Catholic church in Australia is going through a period of scrutiny, he said.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis
Jubilant crowds lined the main boulevard Sunday in Tirana, Albania, to greet Pope Francis, who rode in his usual popemobile despite some security concerns.
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
Christians are suffering the same "savage attacks" once suffered by Jews, Pope Francis told a delegation of prominent Jewish leaders.
Today's bishops must be as vigilant and courageous as sentinels keeping watch over the faith, and as forgiving and patient as Moses, leading a sinning people across harsh deserts to God, Pope Francis said.
Their vocation is not to be wardens of a failed estate, "but custodians of Evangelii Gaudium ["The Joy of the Gospel"]; therefore, you cannot be without the only treasure we really have to give, and that the world cannot give itself: the joy of God's love," he told new bishops.
The synod on the family will not open until Oct. 5, but some of its members are already debating one of its most controversial topics.
Bulletins from the Human Side: Midsummer madness should be a liturgical season in the three-ring circus of the official church, which is not necessarily the People of God.
The Francis Chronicles: It seems that Pope Francis himself has recognized the humor inherent in being pope. "Francis," the strip, picks up on that cue.