(RNS) The idea is to ordain them as deacons, not priests. But if the idea floated among 270 leading churchmen flies, it would represent a historic breakthrough for the Catholic Church — or, perhaps, a return to a New Testament tradition.
(RNS) A new survey shows the popular pontiff’s tour didn’t give his own favorability ratings more than a “modest bounce,” but he did improve many Americans’ view of the Catholic Church.
(RNS) Journalists covering the pope’s U.S. trip relied more on face-to-face encounters with sources than they have in the past.
(RNS) Under the policy, students who enter the university as Mormons but then undergo a faith transition can be expelled, evicted from student housing and fired from on-campus jobs.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, who last month hosted the World Meeting of Families, said there was concern that the synod’s working document did not reflect the “universal church.”
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(RNS) The Philadelphia churchman is known as a staunch conservative, and as someone who may not see eye to eye with Francis on the church’s approach to the world. Here is the text of his speech today to the synod.
“I could not speak at a conference that is devoted in part to religious freedom, at an institution that seemed to be denying that freedom to its own students,” says UC Santa Barbara scholar Mark Juergensmeyer.