"Before technology, we were called to be communicators of good news. ... The church should be rooted in this inheritance."
An Irish bishop urged his colleagues to establish a commission to discuss the possibility of ordaining married men.
Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore also wants the Irish bishops' conference to empower the commission to further study female deacons.
The proposal stemmed from a 10-month listening process that O'Reilly led in the Kilmore diocese, which led to a diocesan assembly and a new diocesan pastoral plan to tackle challenges facing the Catholic church, including the declining number of priests.
A new document outlining October's global bishops' meeting offers little to no clear indication of how prelates are considering addressing tough family issues.
Eco Catholic: "It's a time for the church to be bold, to speak about major issues, and to achieve a new level of relevance in people's lives."
Making a Difference: "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home" is courageous, it's prophetic, it's challenging, it's holistic, it's wonderful.
A Roman Observer: All is not well with the way the Roman church makes its pastoral-administrative decisions, discerns the call of the Spirit, or chooses its bishops.
NCR Today: Francis makes four claims that set him apart from the debate about climate change.
Laudato Si' embraces what Francis calls a "very solid scientific consensus" that humans are causing cataclysmic climate change endangering the planet.
If anything about the account presented in Laudato Si' is off, it is that Francis takes an "overly conservative" approach, a meteorologist says.