Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, told the bishops the committee — extended for another three years — planned to focus more on teaching and expanding networks with Catholic lay groups and interfaith and ecumenical partners.
October’s extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family was just one event, but “a tale of two synods” emerged from it, according to the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The president of the German bishops’ conference praised Catholics who helped bring down the Berlin Wall, but also urged the church to look ahead to its future mission.
“Where there is a wall,” he said, “there is a closed heart. We need bridges, not walls!”
The Vatican’s new rules for budgeting and financial reporting, which will go into effect Jan. 1, call for heightened transparency and consistency in the church’s central administration and underscore the oversight powers of two economic bodies Pope Francis established in February.
Liturgical matters will take center stage on the agenda of action items at the fall general meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to be held Nov. 10-13 in Baltimore.
Pope Francis said the church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit.
Pope Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco.
The world’s bishops are called to be servants and shepherds who use their position to care for people and the faith, not to seek power and boost their pride, Pope Francis said.
- Companies criticized for offering to pay to freeze female workers’ eggs
– Three Cincinnati priests on leave for misconduct have been laicized
– Creighton criticized for giving benefits to same-sex spouses of workers
– Bright lights, cool air protect Sistine Chapel from visiting hordes
For couples struggling to conceive a child, in vitro fertilization has been a medical standard for the past 30 years.
The Catholic Church has long opposed the process because it separates contraception from the marital act, and it destroys embryos.