(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.
Articles tagged “synod”
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.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Francis dedicated one third of his homily to love between man and woman, but also stressed that the church must be more welcoming, charitable, compassionate and merciful to all.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Filial Appeal is one of a number of traditionalist groups holding meetings in Rome this week to voice their views. But for every such conference, another has organized by the opposite camp.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Transforming the dynamic of Vatican power is key to what Pope Francis considers his greater goal: reorienting Catholicism itself to face the new challenges of the third millennium.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Some of you have asked me if the synod fathers fought,” Francis said. “ I don’t know if they ‘fought,’ but they spoke forcefully. This is freedom. This is just the kind of freedom that there is in the church.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Even as work on the synod’s final report continued, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich put homosexuality back on the agenda telling reporters “exclusion” was not part of the Catholic Church.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The change in the English version was not made in the Italian original, where the term “accogliere,” which means “to welcome,” was kept.
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.