- Nick Mayrand
- Feb 15, 2020
On the eve of the conclusion of the Oct. 6-27 Vatican summit on the Amazon, one of the participants said he regrets that too much of the discussion has been about ordaining married men to the priesthood and women to the diaconate.
A change to the Code of Canon Law made by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 provides a canonical path to allow the ordination of women deacons, a Brazilian bishop said.
Saying he was speaking as the “Bishop of Rome,” meaning the head of the local church in the Eternal City, Pope Francis requested “pardon” Friday from anyone who was offended by the theft of the indigenous statues of a naked pregnant woman and their being thrown into the Tiber River.
What every bishop I’ve ever spoken to who’s taken part in a Vatican synod would say, and I mean unanimously, is this: The experience helped them think in a more global way about the vicissitudes of the Church.
The global ecological crisis is just one of the effects of a distorted and diseased view people have of the world, themselves and each other, Pope Francis said in a new book.
Addressing concerns about a proposed Amazonian rite in the Catholic Church, an indigenous participant at the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon called on Catholics to soften their hearts and understand the needs of Catholics in the region.