Speaking at the 59th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops, the pontiff called for changes in the papacy and greater decision-making authority for local bishops.
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(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.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The 62 bishops who have so far spoken pushed back strongly against remarks made by Hungary’s Cardinal Peter Erdo, who defended the church’s exclusion of divorced and remarried couples from receiving Communion.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The pope delivered a strong address to the shepherds of the U.S. Catholic church but the flock heard love and respect threaded through his homily.
(RNS) The church’s leaders say the ban brings moral credibility to the office and guides the conduct of those who want to be bishop.
(RNS) “Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime … because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord,” the pope said emphatically. “This is very serious. It is like a satanic Mass.”
(RNS) The pope has blasted hierarchical “careerism” as “a form of cancer” and derided bishops who strut about in church finery as “peacocks.”
(RNS) Pope Francis wants to know what rank-and-file Catholics think about gay marriage, divorce and birth control, but it’s unclear whether U.S. bishops will poll their flocks or simply report their own thoughts.
(RNS) Christian conservatives should acknowledge that modern popular culture is here to stay, and use that platform to produce Christian-themed films that will also have quality and popular appeal, said Santorum, the new CEO of EchoLight Studios.