Faith and Justice: All right. Let’s get it over with. I was too pessimistic in my prediction of how the synod would end. I should have trusted the Spirit.
Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.
NCR Today: Synod will not provide Communion path for remarried; Pilgrims venture into Alaska forest; Irish parents fight for equal education; Elephant buried beneath Vatican
Faith and Justice: With time running out, the synodal fathers appear no closer to resolving their conflicts over issues facing the family than they were a year ago.
NCR Today: Cardinal Reinhard Marx put in a strong plea to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to be allowed to receive the sacraments under certain conditions.
Faith and Justice: There are five reasons the synod was doomed to fail before it started. Perhaps Pope Francis can save it, but the odds are against him.
Synod Interview, Part 2: "Once you're into that maelstrom of discernment you really have to make an act of faith that there is something greater than Solomon."