• Cohabitating couples – Section 70

    • Oct 24, 2015

    70. Pastoral care should propose with clarity the evangelical message and collect the positive elements present in those situations that still do not yet correspond to it, or no longer do so. In many countries, a growing number of couples live together, without any marriage, either canonical or civil. In

  • South African cardinal now on board with the synod structure

    • Oct 20, 2015

    ROME — Scratch that private letter to the pope; everything’s cool. That was the message from South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier to reporters Tuesday, saying concerns he and 12 other cardinals raised in a letter to Pope Francis about the new structure for the synod of bishops had been addressed

  • Synod small groups suggest much work remains in finding consensus

    • Oct 14, 2015

    ROME—With the conclusion of the second round of small group discussions, consensus is emerging around a few key themes at the synod on the family: The working document needs a lot of work, the Church should speak more clearly and positively about Catholic marriage, and couples need catechetical resources, or

  • Seeing Pope Francis as shock therapy for the Catholic Church

    Seeing Pope Francis as shock therapy for the Catholic Church

    • Oct 10, 2015

    ROME — For Catholics accustomed to traditional ways of doing things, Pope Francis is undeniably a shock to the system. A summit of bishops from around the world over which he’s currently presiding in Rome is a classic case in point, because Catholics just aren’t used to seeing differences among