A Roman Observer: Pope Francis' decision to call an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy looks more and more urgent with each passing day.
When Pope Francis last year effectively demoted U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke by moving him out of a senior post in the Vatican to a largely ceremonial role as head of a Rome-based Catholic charity, it was viewed as a way to sideline one of the pope's most outspoken critics on the right.
But the move seems to have left Burke free to air his conservative -- and pointed -- views on efforts to change church practices.
"If we can't get it straight with regard to the truth about marriage and the family, we really don't have much to say about anything else."
"If the Catholic Church ordained women, altar girls would make sense, but the Catholic priesthood is a male charism."
A small c catholic: A recent experience of reading the Book of Judith convinces me that Catholics and Protestants alike might do well to learn of and from these writings.
Grace on the Margins: No week is ever a good week for women’s equality in the Roman Catholic church. But last week was particularly grim.
NCR Today: Is it possible Cardinal Raymond Burke says these things just to watch the response from the good folks at NCR and from women around the world?
Cardinal Raymond Burke also blamed gay clergy for the church's sexual abuse crisis, saying "feminized" priests were the ones who molested children.
Controversy over family issues and the ongoing serach for peace in the Middle East were just some highlights of Vatican news in 2014.
The rise of the so-called Islamic State dominated headlines in 2014 as the group sowed death and destruction across Iraq and Syria.