Just Catholic: You get the impression that the synod participants are not talking with but rather at each other, and that everybody is angrily defending … what?
Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher said the synod should reflect on allowing for female deacons as it seeks to open up more opportunities for women.
Synod, Day 2: Italian archbishop: Discussion over communion for divorce and remarriage still "open;" Canadian: There are "differences of opinion."
Pope Francis formally approved a further list of delegates to October's world Synod of Bishops on the family.
The pope approved the Canadian bishops' election of: Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, conference president; Bishop Noel Simard of Valleyfield; Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto; and Archbishop Richard Smith of Edmonton.
The Canadian bishops' alternates also were approved. They are Bishop Lionel Gendron of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver.
Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, cardinal of the people, died Wednesday in Montreal's Marie-Clarac Hospital.
The 78-year-old cardinal, who served as Montreal's archbishop for 22 years, was diabetic, and his health had been in decline for several months. He was moved to palliative care March 24.
Turcotte was remembered as a populist, a down-to-earth cleric with a common touch who once supported an ad campaign that urged Montreal residents to pray for his beloved Canadiens to make the National Hockey League playoffs.
Simply Spirit: While the outcomes of part one of the synod on the family are disappointing, the synod itself modeled a healthy new process of wide-ranging discussion.
Faith and Justice: The synod process has been in place since Pope Paul VI's papacy, but the synod on the family has some aspects that are uniquely Pope Francis.
Bishops meeting at the Vatican to discuss issues of family life have to relearn how to do theology in order to address contemporary concerns, one archbishop said.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' normal practice when giving input to Rome has been to do so privately, the bishops' conference president said.
Bishops from North America, Europe and Africa called on international leaders to act immediately so people living in the Gaza Strip can have access to basic necessities.
"Gaza is a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution. We call upon political leaders to improve the humanitarian situation of the people in Gaza, assuring access to the basic necessities for a dignified human life, the possibilities for economic development and freedom of movement," they said in their statement Thursday.