Pope Francis leads the synod on the family in the Synod hall at the Vatican, on October 5, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Max Rossi
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) There are "times that I have felt the condescension so heavy, you could cut it with a knife,” said one Catholic sister. "Some of it is, 'Oh, here comes the bleeding heart. Well, she's a woman; what else would you expect?' kind of thing."