Commentary: Confronted with the threat of terrorism, political fear mongering and the disorienting din of a 24-hour news cycle, the Christian path is hopeful, but a harder journey.
The synod opened the door for some divorced and remarried people to be admitted to the sacraments, but it could not go further, German Cardinal Walter Kasper said.
Text of the German-speaking group's proposal for a possible way for Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics at the Synod of Bishops.
The group of German speaking prelates at the ongoing synod has presented a way that certain divorced and remarried Catholic persons might be allowed to take Communion in the church.
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.
Synod, Day 11: Synod prelates have entered into discussions about how the church should treat persons who divorce and remarry without first obtaining annulments.
NCR Today: The new discussion procedure at the ongoing Synod of Bishops was a "huge step forward," according to Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, moderator of the German language group.
Faith and Justice: How might the annulment process be simplified? I asked Fr. John Beal, a professor of canon law.
Just Catholic: What next? Now even the Church of England is talking about admitting that maybe, just maybe, inclusive language can be used to describe God.
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.