- Cindy Wooden
- Feb 24, 2019
Pope Francis wrapped up the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops Saturday night calling on Catholics to defend the Church as their “mother” against attacks from the “great accuser,” meaning the devil.
Some 35 young people taking part in the Synod of Bishops on Friday thanked Pope Francis and expressed their support in challenging times.
Heads of bishops’ conferences from all over the world signed a petition Friday calling politicians to take “ambitious and urgent” action on climate change.
Speaking to journalists Friday, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh said that when it comes to the clerical abuse crisis scarring global Catholicism, some areas of the world and the ecclesial sphere still haven’t grasped the severity of the issue.
Sister Mina Kwon, a delegate to this month’s Synod of Bishops on youth, has said that as the Church ponders how to better include women in decision-making roles, the situation has improved, but more needs to be done, and clericalism must be exposed as an underlying reason why women are not often in leadership.
Clerical sexual abuse is “an important issue for the Church, the Holy Father has called a meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences, it’s a critical issue for certain countries because of credibility, and we have our own issues in India,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias said. “But hold on, you’ve got be honest. It’s not that we spent hours and hours discussing this [at the Synod].”