The Catholic church needs to find a way to help divorced and remarried Catholics who long to participate fully in the life of the church.
hose who recognize marriage as a sacrament, a divine blessing and a reflection of God's love for humanity should have even greater sympathy for husbands and wives whose relationships have failed.
Francis pushed the closed-door summit of about 150 cardinals to "deepen the theology of the family and discern the pastoral practices which our present situation requires."
Through most of human history, the notion that a couple would marry for love was considered almost anti-social, even subversive.
Amid the scramble to gather new data ahead of next October's synod on the family, a question arises: Will the Vatican take into account outside research?