- 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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Texts, speeches, homilies
Archbishop Antonio Mennini’s address to the Bishops of England and Wales on Monday 11 November
Minister for Faith and Communities, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, says government is putting faith back into the heart of government.
Bishop Richard Moth delivers Harold Hood Lecture
Report by Baroness Butler-Sloss, Lord Carlile QC and Lord Brennan QC
Fr Timothy Radcliffe's Westminster Abbey lecture on Oscar Romero and his legacy
Honduran cardinal charged with co-ordinating church reforms speaks in Dallas
Delivering the annual Smith Lecture in Sydney last week, Patrick Parkinson, professor of law at the University of Sydney, said the Vatican's 'misguided' belief that child sexual abuse cases ought to be dealt with by the Church through canon law.
Persecution of Christians is worsening in 20 countries around the world, according to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
Africa should no longer be seen as a charity case requiring endless handouts from superior Western economies, the Provincial of Jesuits in East Africa is to argue in a lecture tonight.
The Bishop of Portsmouth hopes next year's synod on the family will offer mercy and reconciliation to Catholics who are divorced and remarried.