• Amazon synod reports support, dissent on married priests and women deacons

    Amazon synod reports support, dissent on married priests and women deacons

    • Oct 18, 2019

    Judging from Friday’s reports, the Oct. 6-27 Synod on the Amazon, there’s overwhelming consensus on most points, such as Pope Francis’s call for an “integral ecology.” Yet even within that climate of basic harmony, there were also scattered notes of dissent on two hot-button questions: Married priests and women deacons.

  • Integral ecology: Challenging people to broaden their focus of concern

    Integral ecology: Challenging people to broaden their focus of concern

    • Sep 21, 2019

    Integral ecology — a phrase often used when discussing the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — highlights not just the interconnectedness that exists among God, humanity and creation, but also recognizes how political, economic, cultural, social and religious values and decisions are interrelated and affect the way people live with one another on the planet and use its resources.

  • Vatican environment summit challenges Trump on climate change

    Vatican environment summit challenges Trump on climate change

    • Jul 6, 2018

    As climate change is faced with a political vacuum in terms of leadership, participants at a Vatican summit on the environment ask whether religious institutions can take the reins in promoting the care of creation.