Synod on the Family

Why is Pope Francis’s leadership such a confusing mess? This may be the answer…

13 November 2015 21:27

This week the Catholic Herald published a blog post by Dr Edward Condon, an American canon lawyer, that began with a…

The Vatican Synod on the Family is over and the conservatives have won

24 October 2015 20:00

This afternoon the Vatican Synod on the Family amended and approved the final document summing up three weeks of chaotic and…

‘Farce’ and ‘verbiage’ behind the scenes at the Pope’s synod: an Aussie archbishop spills the beans…

23 October 2015 19:54

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane is one of the bishops who’ll be voting on the final report of the Synod…

Is this the future Pope Francis casually passing Holy Communion into a crowd?

22 October 2015 14:13

I first saw the YouTube film from which these photographs are taken over a year ago. I’m surprised it hasn’t…

This week the Catholic Church is in chaos. And Pope Francis is to blame

13 October 2015 21:40

The Catholic Church is this week in the biggest mess it’s been in since the Second Vatican Council, and Pope…

Cardinal Pell: ‘no possibility’ of liberals getting their way on Communion for divorced and remarried

12 October 2015 18:39

Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, has just issued a statement saying there is ‘no…

Crisis for Pope Francis as top-level cardinals tell him: your synod could lead to the collapse of the church

12 October 2015 12:48

  Update, 3.20pm Monday: As I write this, various cardinals have said they didn’t sign the letter, some of them waiting…

Three things you need to know about Pope Francis and the cardinal disgraced in a sex abuse scandal

8 October 2015 16:40

This picture of Pope Francis apparently talking to retired Belgian cardinal Godfried Danneels at the Synod on the Family, which began…

Pope Francis’s US tour has been a triumph. His conservative critics must be in despair

28 September 2015 1:03

Apologies for the picture quality (it’s from live coverage by ABC News), but this shot of Pope Francis cracking up…

Cardinal Nichols attempts to silence faithful priests. This will backfire

25 March 2015 17:30

[Update: On looking more closely at the list of priests, I’m astonished by some of the names I see there –…

Communion for divorced Catholics: the German bishops twisting Pope Francis’s arm

29 December 2014 15:21

Just before Christmas, virtually unnoticed by the media, the German Catholic bishops made a plea for the readmission of divorced…

Pope Francis: despite the glowing headlines, the jury is still out

23 December 2014 18:15

How many of Pope Francis’s spiritual diseases do you suffer from? The pontiff laid out no fewer than 15 of them…

Pope Francis and ‘the Great Division’: the Catholic civil war draws closer

18 November 2014 17:45

In the magazine a couple of weeks ago I asked if we were in the early stages of a Catholic…

After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a…

The Vatican cancels its earthquake. This is not Pope Francis’s finest hour

18 October 2014 20:39

‘Thanks be to God’, as we Catholic children used to say with heartfelt enthusiasm as Mass was over for another…

Cardinal Kasper: You can’t talk to Africans about homosexuality. Whoops!

16 October 2014 0:59

Say what you like about H.E. Walter Card. Kasper, he speaks his mind. Normally this suits liberal Catholics. Today they’re wishing…

This Catholic ‘earthquake’ on homosexuality is splitting the Church

14 October 2014 14:38

This tweet about the Vatican Synod on the Family has appeared in my timeline and it speaks volumes about the…

‘Earthquake’ in Rome as Vatican synod talks about homosexuality and divorce

13 October 2014 16:49

The Synod on the Family in Rome today caused an ‘earthquake’ – the word is being used on Catholic blogs everywhere –…

Communion for divorced: Pope Francis has created a crisis

3 October 2014 18:11

The Vatican Synod of Bishops on the Family begins on Sunday amid a degree of chaos unprecedented in recent Catholic history. And…