A potentially revolutionary Vatican synod begins
The Catholic Church convened a major assembly of bishops yesterday at the Vatican. These multiyear gatherings are generally used to discuss specific issues to better guide the church.
This synod could represent the culmination of Pope Francis’ papacy, and lay the groundwork for change on issues like married priests and gay unions. In what some consider a momentous innovation, Francis invited lay people, including women, to take part and vote in the meeting. Conservative bishops held their own gathering in opposition on Tuesday.
Francis also issued a major new document yesterday that urgently calls to save a planet near “the breaking point.”