- Battle lines drawn
This week produced the clearest evidence yet that the Synod Fathers are sharply divided between those who are supporting Pope Francis in his efforts to present a more pastoral vision of the Church and those determined first and foremost to emphasise its moral teaching
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A Franciscan priest abducted by Islamist terrorists in Syria on 5 October has been released to house arrest at his convent in the north-eastern village of Knayeh, near the Turkish border.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, a regular on the Pause for Thought slot on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show, treated producers to a musical surprise this morning.
Senior church figures have expressed concern about a document issued by the bishops’ Synod on the Family yesterday proposing a landmark shift in the Church’s pastoral care of gay Catholics, cohabiting couples and those in civil marriages.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has voiced its support for an independent Palestinian state as MPs were expected to vote on a motion on whether or not Britain should recognise such a territory before a peace settlement with Israel is reached.
A senior Catholic peer has criticised the Synod on the Family for excluding women and called for greater equality in Church decision-making.
The Catholic charity Cafod has launched an appeal to raise funds to bolster its Ebola prevention work in the fight to contain the Ebola virus in West Africa.
A major shift in the Church’s pastoral care for gay Catholics was put forward at the Vatican’s Synod on the Family on Monday.
The bishops' Synod on the Family must show that church teaching can develop so it can respond to the difficulties faced by ordinary Catholics, the Archbishop of Dublin has said.
Children of gay couples should be baptised and welcomed into the Church, the Synod has heard.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has conceded that the Lambeth Conference expected to take place in 2018 will be delayed, possibly by two years, amid continuing division concerning gay clergy and women bishops.