Francis wants to retool the hierarchy so it not only defines and enforces church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, he said.
Philippines Cardinal Luis Tagle called on Catholics to embrace and live out the Second Vatican Council's sense of openness to the modern world.
Church observers say they will be watching to see if any of the votes or liturgical decisions reflect a change in tone within the USCCB.
Theologians and graduate students came from across the United States and Canada to celebrate Dominican Fr. Thomas O'Meara's work in ecclesiology.
Bulletins from the Human Side: Is the new document from the International Theological Commission an explosion in St. Peter's Square that is described as church renewal?
As the world's bishops prepare for the October synod, they face one question: How much should the experiences and opinions of lay Catholics influence their discussions?
At question at several sessions was whether Pope Francis is in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who some saw as more doctrinally conservative.