(RNS) Pope Francis set traditionalist teeth on edge yet again by seeming to suggest that a Lutheran could receive communion in the Catholic Church after consulting her conscience.
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About David Gibson
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.
BALTIMORE (RNS) More than any other item on the agenda of the bishops’ annual meeting, the debate over the voter guide revealed deep divides among the bishops and provided a snapshot of the extent of the “Francis effect” on the U.S. hierarchy.
BALTIMORE (RNS) Reorienting the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ agenda so dramatically and after so many years of doing things the same way is not expected to be easy.
NEW YORK (RNS) Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said he expects the pontiff to travel to the U.S. border with Mexico when he visits that country in February — a stop that could fuel further criticism of the pontiff from conservative Catholics opposed to the church’s support for immigration reform.
NEW YORK (RNS) Despite intense opposition from some conservatives and new revelations of financial scandals in the Vatican, Pope Francis is at peace with his reformist course, says Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga.
ROME (RNS) A passionate manifesto signed on Nov. 16, 1965, on an altar in the Roman catacombs pledged bishops to live simply to be close to the poor. Known as the Pact of the Catacombs, it was supposed to represent a new chapter in church history but instead became a footnote — until the election of Pope Francis.
ROME (RNS) “The frame of reference is now going to be: ‘What does the gospel really say here?’” said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl in a Q&A summing up the momentous Vatican synod that just concluded.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A few conservatives are exulting, others are despairing, and some liberals are dismayed that they seemed to get little from the three-week synod. But reformers here are quietly satisfied with the result, saying the Catholic Church has turned a corner.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) After three momentous weeks, a divided gathering of global bishops reached a compromise that also gives Pope Francis room to pursue his reform agenda.