Given the hostility he faced from some of his own cardinals and fierce resistance from conservative lobbies, Pope Francis will have ended the Synod a happy man and with a document that has won approval from the worldwide episcopate, writes Christopher Lamb.
“When Francis finished, the entire assembly gave him a standing ovation. This was heartfelt rather than some corny showbiz stunt. We felt we’d heard the voice of Peter,” writes Archbishop Mark Coleridge in his final blog post from the Synod.
The future of religious freedom in Australia is in the hands of religious faiths, not its secularist opponents, writes Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson in The Brisbane Times.
Why weren’t the women who participated in the Synod allowed to vote, asks Fr James Martin SJ.
A new film about The Boston Globe’s coverage of child sexual abuse scandals in the Church 13 years ago has drawn strong praise from the Vatican’s official radio outlet, reports Crux.
Cardinal George Pell said the final report of the Synod did not create an opening for the divorced to receive Communion but other Synod members have disagreed and acknowledged that the paragraph in question was being read differently.
Fifty years ago tomorrow, the Vatican issued Nostra Aetate, a declaration that established a new rapport between Catholics and Jews, described by one Jewish group as “arguably the most important moment in modern Jewish-Christian relations.”
An American scholar has found what he says is the earliest known draft of the King James Bible, and the only one definitively written in the hand of one of the roughly four dozen translators who worked on it, reports The New York Times.
The Lobster is set in a near, dystopian future, where single people are sent to The Hotel to find a partner within 45 days. Failure results in being turned into an animal of one’s choosing.
Catholic clergy representing five continents have appealed to climate negotiators to approve a “transformative” and fair, legally binding agreement that sets global temperature limits and decarbonisation goals to save the planet.
Survivors of institutional child sex abuse could have access to government payments if Labor wins the next federal election, reports the ABC.
The arguments over who “won” and who “lost” at the synod are only beginning. Religion News Service outlines five key outcomes to emerge from the gathering.
A senior African prelate, Cardinal Robert Sarah, had blocked discussion of pastoral care of gay Catholics at the Synod, according to a leading progressive in his group, reports The Tablet.
At a Mass to conclude the Synod on the family yesterday, Pope Francis warned against falling into a “scheduled faith” and “ignoring what the Lord places before our eyes.”
Victorian police are planning a major security operation for the appearance of Cardinal Pell at the Royal Commission hearings in December in response to concerns about protecting him from angry victims, reports The Australian.
In a speech to close the Synod, Pope Francis has excoriated conservative bishops who “bury their heads in the sand” and hide behind rigid doctrine while families suffer, reports Reuters.
The final document of the Synod on the Family has endorsed a case-by-case approach to divorcees receiving Communion, but there is no change in the stance on homosexuality, reports the BBC.