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Houston subpoenas pastors, demands sermons on homosexuality, gender identity CWN - October 16

City officials in Houston have issued subpoenas demanding that five pastors turn over “all speeches, presentations, or sermons related to ... homosexuality or gender identity prepared by, delivered...

Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13

An interim report from the Synod of Bishops has called upon Catholic pastors to recognize the positive elements of all family situations, including those at odds with Church teaching. The document...

Pope Francis urges synod fathers to speak boldly and not fear offending him CWN - October 7

Addressing the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Pope Francis called upon the synod fathers to “speak with frankness and listen with humility,” in a spirit...

Cardinals Kasper, Müller deny making controversial remarks [updated] CWN - October 16

Two prominent cardinals have denied making statements that were widely attributed to them about the workings of the Synod of Bishops. But in one case, a journalist has posted a recording of the...

Pushback on Synod document [News Analysis] CWN - October 14

Controversy sharpened at the Synod of Bishops, as many prelates have complained that an interim report released on October 13 did not accurately represent the thoughts of the Synod fathers, and the...

Cardinal Burke questions couple's suggestion to Synod on welcoming gay son and lover CWN - October 10

Cardinal Raymond Burke has taken issue with an Australian couple who told the Synod of Bishops that parents should welcome the homosexual partner of a gay son to Christmas dinner with their...

Prelate laments new court decision on same-sex marriage CWN - October 9

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has struck down the marriage laws of Idaho and Nevada, paving the way for same-sex marriage in the states. Responding to the October 7...

Addressing Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Baldisseri calls for free discussion CWN - October 6

On the first day of discussion at Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, called for...

Nobel committee member vowed never to offer award to Pope, Allen recalls CWN - October 10

Before the October 10 announcement that Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi would share this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, many journalists had expected that Pope Francis would take the award. But...

Cardinal Pell: ‘we’re not giving in to the secular agenda’ CWN - October 17

Cardinal George Pell said in an interview that the October 16 publication of the synod fathers’ criticism of the synod’s interim report has finally given the faithful a true picture of the views of...

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