• Pope and prelates get crash course in joys of sex

    • Oct 7, 2014

    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis, cardinals, and bishops from around the world have gotten an unexpected lecture on the joys of sex, from a Catholic couple brought in to talk about what makes a marriage last. Ron and Mavis Pirola, parents of four from Sydney, Australia, told a Vatican gathering

  • At synod, bishops discuss changes to style, not substance

    • Oct 7, 2014

    ROME — As Catholic bishops in the US lament another court victory for same-sex marriage, some cardinals and bishops gathered in Rome are debating how to soften Church rhetoric around homosexuality and other topics affecting families. Dubbing same-sex marriage “a grave concern to our entire nation,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of

  • Synod Notebook: A boost to American pride, and a plug for Kasper

    • Oct 7, 2014

    ROME — In Rome, a Synod of Bishops is a bit like the circus coming to town. There’s too much happening to fold all of it into brief news summaries, especially when the marginalia isn’t directly related to whatever the day’s main narrative turns out to be. Here are two

  • Bishops hear plea from lay couple to reach out to gays

    • Oct 7, 2014

    ROME — During the opening day of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Catholic prelates from around the world listened to one of the 13 lay couples invited to join them in Rome, who used the occasion to plea for greater inclusion of gays and lesbians in the Church.