BELEM, Brazil (RNS) Brazil’s National Conference of Bishops is considering a proposal to ordain married community elders as a way to ease the shortage of Catholic priests in rural areas.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Advocates hope that Pope Francis’ lending his support to autism awareness can give hope to weary parents and chip away at some of the stigma.
(RNS) But the Boston archbishop, one of Pope Francis’ closest advisers, said the Vatican needs a system of accountability and must “avoid crowd-based condemnations.”
(RNS) A new claim that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married (and had kids!) has been widely dismissed by experts. But that won’t be the last we’ll hear of this theory. Here’s why.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “We want to focus next year not just on the neuralgic sexual issues that seem to dominate the American media,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said.
(RNS) Even more important may have been O’Malley’s remarks about the Vatican creating a system for disciplining bishops through an accountability process that has put the global hierarchy on notice.
PHILADELPHIA (RNS) Still left to determine — whether the pope will visit New York and Washington, D.C., too.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope has condemned the assisted suicide movement, which he considers to be a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” that views the sick and elderly as a drain on society.