(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.
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David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.
(RNS) The high-level summit of bishops from around the world that Francis convenes of Sunday will spend most of the month arguing about how, and whether, the Catholic Church can change — and the fate of his papacy may rest on the outcome.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican now says the pope’s moment with the controversial Kentucky clerk was not a “real” meeting or “a form of support of her position.”
(RNS) The pope reportedly met secretly with the born-again Christian, who has become a hero of the religious right for going to jail rather than issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
Watch a series of clips from the pontiff’s historic time in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) In his final Mass before nearly 1 million people, the pope called on the Catholic Church to be open to everyone and to change — flashpoint themes for a major Vatican meeting of bishops next week.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) “For those who were abused by a member of the clergy, I am deeply sorry for the times when you or your family spoke out, to report the abuse, but you were not heard or believed,” the pope said.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Pope Francis said a church that constantly explains doctrines without providing real support to families “is dangerously unbalanced.”
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) He delivered a folksy, off-the-cuff riff on family life — and in prepared remarks urged society to provide concrete economic support to families.