Last week at the Vatican, more than 250 bishops from across the world got together in a Papal Synod to debate the future of how the Catholic Church ministers to and envisions the family. The Church reflected on how doctrine could better reflect practical realities. The divorced, those co-habitating without marriage and gay Catholics were communities that saw a rare opening for a revision in how the Papacy perceives them.
Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:49 pm
Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET
A synod of Catholic bishops gathered at the Vatican has decided to eliminate a landmark opening to gays that had appeared in an interim summary of discussions made public earlier this week that had appeared to signal a possible shift in the tone of the church.
Hearing the vast crowds that showed up to see it one senses the passion and the power that the Catholic Church still holds, but is this soft power reason enough to continue full diplomatic relations? In short do we still need an ambassador to the Vatican?
The United States has only had an Ambassador to the Holy See for 30 years. President Reagan saw value in engaging the Vatican to take on communism. The Cold War ended, so is there still a need for the diplomatic position?
Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 1:43 pm
Hundreds of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square and the streets of Rome on Sunday to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.
The ceremony was the first time two pontiffs — John XXIII and John Paul II — were made saints at the same time. The Associated Press says:
Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 3:53 pm
There's never been much doubt that Pope John Paul II was destined for sainthood. In more than a quarter-century as the head of the Holy See, he left such an indelible mark that at his funeral in 2005, mourners chanted "Santo subito (sainthood now)."
That road might have seemed less obvious for the other saint-to-be, Pope John XXIII — especially for young Catholics who may not be familiar with his relatively short but highly influential papacy, from 1958 to 1963.