(RNS) — The document encouraged the church to meet people where they are and then accompany them on their journey toward God. But who is going to do this accompanying?
Francis’ recent pronouncement does not erase the embedded hurt that has been caused by decades of punitive references to families that do not fit the happy family mold.
(RNS) Of gays, the pope said. "...Let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love."
(RNS) The Church that Christ founded on Peter should avoid becoming a loose confederacy of warring regional ecclesial jurisdictions.
Pope Francis exudes a fresh take on a very old Catholic tradition. But here's why tradition is a double-edged sword.
(RNS) Changes ordered by the pontiff often reflect reforms that American dioceses have done or have been advocating for years. U.S. bishops are also starting to waive fees, which Francis wants.
(RNS) When Pope Francis meets thousands of U.S. Catholic families this month, he'll find them excited to see him -- but not necessarily in line with many Catholic teachings on family life.
(RNS) Some U.S. dioceses, which account for nearly half of all annulment cases in the global Catholic Church, no longer charge fees, usually about $400, to obtain an annulment.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican once talked about the "gifts and qualities" of LGBT Catholics. Now, church leaders want to know how to help families where someone has "homosexual tendencies."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “The mother church has so much generosity it could provide justice free of charge," Pope Francis said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A bitter clash emerged among cardinals over the church’s approach to marriage, divorce and remarriage, with Pope Francis favoring a way to make it easier for Catholics to seek annulments.
(RNS) Two-thirds of the nearly 55,000 annulments granted by Catholic Church tribunals around the world each year are in the U.S., even though American Catholics account for just 6 percent of the world’s Catholic population.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has asked the Vatican's highest appeals court to consider reviewing church rules on marriage annulments -- a statement that may signal a change in tone more than a change in substance.