(RNS) — The American Catholic hierarchy isn't ready to follow the synod's search for real-world solutions. Too many conservatives believe that if we simply return to the old ways of doing things, everything will be fine.
(RNS) — The bishops, under the leadership of Pope Francis, have once again found their prophetic voice, at least in the Amazon.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Meeting in Rome, Catholic bishops from the Amazon recommended that the Pope allow married deacons to become priests in their region as a way to cope with a growing shortage of priests.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The synod's final recommendations to the pope could have profound impact not only on the Amazon but the entire church.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The groups considered everything from the ordination of women as deacons to the creation of a separate rite for the region.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — One participant reported that only a couple of the 185 assembled bishops spoke against the idea during the first week of the synod.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — According to one Brazilian bishop attending the Vatican summit on the Amazon region, a majority of Brazilian bishops are in favor of allowing the ordination of married men to the priesthood.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of the Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region defended plans to introduce debate on married priests, saying the proposal represents the “the voice of the local church,” not a decision by the pope.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinal Marc Ouellet acknowledged the Amazon region's priest shortage and said he was open to debate about it during this month's Amazon synod.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis expressed sympathy for priests who have made the anguished choice to leave in order to marry.
(RNS) — Cardinal Sean O’Malley acknowledged this week that the church needs clearer norms and procedures for investigating and judging bishops. But O’Malley’s statement only raises further questions.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) 'One cannot grow without crises: in human life, the same thing happens,' the pope said.
ROME (RNS) The surprise visit to meet several men who left the priesthood and started a family could send a powerful message to church leaders.
BELEM, Brazil (RNS) Brazil's National Conference of Bishops is considering a proposal to ordain married community elders as a way to ease the shortage of Catholic priests in rural areas.
(RNS) In 1929, the Vatican effectively ended the option of married clergy in Eastern rite Catholic churches in the United States, citing a fear that Roman Catholics would ask for the same policy.
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