Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

VATICAN CITY - After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the pastoral care of homosexuals.

A faith-full recipe for celiac sufferers

With a tried and true recipe, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have been producing altar breads and distributing them since 1910. But in the early 1990s, they began to receive telephone calls from individuals who had a unique need for a different recipe: They suffered from celiac disease and could not receive holy Communion in the form of the usual, wheat-based hosts.

Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

The issue of divorce can be a source of confusion and pain for many Catholics

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: My husband and I recently divorced after 23 years of marriage. After being married in the Catholic Church our relationship started out strong, but as the years went by we became estranged and lived as strangers in the same house. We decided to divorce each other last year. I heard that the church teaches that divorced Catholics should not receive Communion. Is this true?

Our spontaneous pope

“Do not stifle the utterances of the Spirit, do not hold prophecy in low esteem; and yet you must scrutinize it carefully, retaining only what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22)

By Russell Shaw

Catholic at last

Awaiting deployment, Army officer’s long wait for baptism is over

By Kim Haub

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