Bulletins from the Human Side: The synod fathers realized they could not issue a document that the laity would accept unless its words were true to everyday human experience
A Roman Observer: Debate has begun in the Vatican. But there is a problem: A lot of bishops do not seem too pleased about this. Not one bit.
"During his 20 years as pastor in a town on the outskirts of Turin, many paintings, statues, furniture and other objects have been lost and then found in private homes."
Questions over the tone presented by the synod toward gay people dominated conversations Thursday, after the Vatican seemingly tried to water down its message of openness.
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.
During this morning's discussions, "there was no sense of doom or gloom or despair," but a desire to share ideas that are working to promote church teaching.
The prelate responsible for shepherding the process said one thing is clear: The coming days will see an "opportunity to deal with existential issues."
Cardinal Raymond Burke said Pope Francis can't change current church teaching because he and all bishops "are held to obedience to the truth" about marriage, and that cannot change.
The synod on the family will not open until Oct. 5, but some of its members are already debating one of its most controversial topics.
Bulletins from the Human Side: Midsummer madness should be a liturgical season in the three-ring circus of the official church, which is not necessarily the People of God.