(RNS) Speaking out on one of the most contentious issues of his papacy, Pope Francis said such couples “are not excommunicated, and they absolutely must not be treated that way!”
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(RNS) Francis’ comments came as part of a wide reflection on conflicts within families — “the most ugly thing!” — during which he focused on the lifelong damage wrought on children whose parents fight.
(RNS) Bishop Thomas Tobin has a reputation for being outspoken. But his recent blast at “the sloppy and even offensive way people dress while attending Mass” in summer was impressive even for him — and probably welcomed by more than a few pastors.
(RNS) Some U.S. dioceses, which account for nearly half of all annulment cases in the global Catholic Church, no longer charge fees, usually about $400, to obtain an annulment.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “The mother church has so much generosity it could provide justice free of charge,” Pope Francis said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In what looked like strenuous damage control, the Vatican’s chief spokesman told a packed media conference Tuesday that this was a “working document, not a final document.”
(RNS) The conflict between conscience and authority is the pre-eminent battle underlying the debates at the Vatican’s Synod on the Family.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The document — and the real or implied changes that may or may not materialize — stunned church conservatives.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Jeff and Alice Heinzen of La Crosse, Wis., told the pope and 180 bishops attending a synod devoted to family issues that they were alarmed by the number of young people born out of wedlock or living with divorced parents.
(RNS) Throughout the history of the church, apostles and bishops and theologians have often clashed, publicly and sometimes fiercely, to reach a conclusion on the very essentials of the faith.