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By far the most insightful person on Australia's Q&A program this week was the Catholic theologian and philosopher John Haldane. He took complicated and charged questions and tried to make sense of them. In doing so, he spoke of something critical in a liberal democracy, something we are at risk of losing – the idea of "reasonable disagreement" on controversial issues. (26/04/2016)
Papal pundits are already entertaining themselves endlessly with the pope's new letter on marriage and family, Amoris Laetitia, parsing each paragraph that touches on vexed questions and struggling to determine what, if anything, has changed as a result. The danger of course, is that bloggers will hungrily scour the document looking for declarations to support their favorite causes, and that married couples will only read filtered commentaries on the letter rather than the text itself. This would be a true pity. I confess that I began reading the letter that way myself, yet was caught up short when I hit chapter four. Suddenly, the endless citations from the synod discussions cease, and Pope Francis seems to find his own voice. What follows is a moving reflection on the beauty of marriage and the practical ways to keep love alive, and indeed make it grow. (11/04/2016)
Pope Francis's groundbreaking new document "Amoris Laetitia" ("The Joy of Love") asks the church to meet people where they are, to consider the complexities of people's lives and to respect people's consciences when it comes to moral decisions. The apostolic exhortation is mainly a document that reflects on family life and encourages families. But it is also the pope's reminder that the church should avoid simply judging people and imposing rules on them without considering their struggles. (08/04/2016)
ROME — As the countdown builds toward a major document in which Pope Francis is expected to address the controversial issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the pontiff has invited a group of divorced and remarried believers to a private audience. (09/02/2016)
Pope Francis proved to be a dependable newsmaker—again—throughout 2015. But Francis' travels wasn't the only big church news which kept both the secular and religious press busy this year. Here is a rundown of the top stories in 2015 (and please feel free to let us know what you think we missed in the comments section!): (28/12/2015)
Pope Francis has launched his yearlong push for a global Catholic church of mercy and forgiveness, starting the Jubilee year focused on the subject by opening the holy door at St. Peter's Basilica and calling for a church that always puts mercy before judgment. (08/12/2015)