- Now the talking really begins
Pope Francis wanted frankness and openness and that is what he got. But there is also the sense that the real debate in the Church about marriage and families is only just starting
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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.
A report that criticised a Catholic secondary school for failing to make pupils aware of the dangers of radicalism has been withdrawn by Ofsted.
Families of soldiers named on a “unique” war memorial at the University of Roehampton are being invited to attend a remembrance service there on 11 Novembe