The coordinator of Pope Francis’ eight-member Council of Cardinals has confirmed that the Pope is seeking to decentralise decision-making authority in the Church, but has at the same time assured sceptics that such a move would not weaken papal primacy.
Pope Francis has called an “extraordinary” session of the Synod of Bishops for 5-19 October 2014 to discuss issues surrounding the family, which Vatican officials believe is threatened by secularist trends, including divorce, contraception and the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
All members of the Church have been asked by Pope Francis to strip themselves of the “cancer” of “worldliness” on a moving visit to Assisi which seemed to crystallise the pastoral aims and style he has sought to inculcate in the first seven months of his pontificate.
Former Melbourne priest Greg Reynolds believes a widely publicised incident last year in which part of a Communion host was given to a dog by its owner during Mass at a breakaway church may have been a decisive factor in the priest’s expulsion from the Church, writes Mark Brolly.
Catholic Aid agency Cafod has announced that it will not accept royalties from the controversial political memoirs written by its media executive, Damian McBride, after concerns that its reputation could be damaged.
One of Ireland’s top bioethicists has resigned from the board of directors and the board of governors of the Catholic Mater Hospital in Dublin over the terms of Ireland’s new abortion act, writes Sarah Mac Donald.