A proper theory of mercy would embrace the whole of life, not just the ecclesiastical part of life - and the Catholic Church needs to begin recognising this if it is going to progress on families

But given the hostility he faced from some of his own cardinals and fierce resistance from conservative lobbies Pope Francis will end the synod a happy man

An internal forum solution to the question of communion for divorced and the remarried is not a new idea and it has been unofficially been used in parishes for years

The Jungle is no place for the women forced to live there

21 October 2015 | by Sister Lynda Dearlove | Comments: 0
The refugee camp in Calais is a dangerous place but much more so for the women forced to shelter there who are at high risk of sexual violence, rape and must contend with incredibly challenging sanitary conditions

Due to its fiery exchanges between conservatives and progressives some have likened the Synod on the Family with the Second Vatican Council

Whatever emerges from the three-week synod on the family, one thing is clear following Pope Francis’ speech at the weekend: this gathering is as much about the importance of a synod as it is about the family.

It’s fair to say that the most theologically accomplished small group report from the synod so far has come from the Germans

Can a synod be manipulated?

13 October 2015 | by Christopher Lamb in Rome | Comments: 6
The accusation of synod manipulation by a group of conservative cardinals is more about a loss of influence than about the process itself

Pope Francis is putting his faith in the synod's ability to open up the Church to a more messy way of doing things

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