BALTIMORE (RNS) Pope Francis’ change in focus has unsettled a number of American bishops more used to a hierarchy oriented toward hot-button culture war issues. Adapting to a new agenda is the focus of this week’s bishops’ meeting.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The stunning demotion may remake Burke into St. Raymond the Martyr, the patron saint of Catholic conservatives.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Cardinal Walter Kasper, known as “the pope’s theologian,” says critics shouldn’t fear Pope Francis’ focus on mercy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “The mother church has so much generosity it could provide justice free of charge,” Pope Francis said.
(RNS) So is a schism, with its echoes of medieval debates and heretics burning at the stake, a realistic possibility? And can an independent Catholic church be successful in the modern world?
(RNS) Organizers say the new conference will show that while the Catholic hierarchy is split on how to address contemporary challenges to marriage and family life, the church can nonetheless seek common ground with religious leaders outside the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholics around the world are “feeling a bit seasick because they feel the church’s ship has lost its way,” American Cardinal Raymond Burke said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Judas, poor man, is the one who closed himself to love and that is why he became a traitor,” Pope Francis said.