Pope Francis chats with Ungarian cardinal and archbisop of Budapest cardinal Peter Erdo (R) as he arrives at the Synod Hall for the Synod on the themes of family on October 6, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. PHOTO BY FRANCO ORIGLIA/GETTY IMAGES
Nearly 200 Roman Catholic clerics from around the world began a second week of discussions at the Vatican yesterday. Pope Francis convened the meeting – called a synod – to explore challenges facing Catholic families and clergy. It’s the first time in 35 years a pope has ordered this type of review. Few expect substantive changes in Church rules to come out of the synod. But many Catholics long for a Church more in step with the modern world on contentious issues such as divorce, contraception and same-sex relationships. A discussion of the Vatican synod and the future of the Roman Catholic Church.
William Mattison III associate professor of Moral Theology and associate dean of undergraduate studies, The Catholic University of America; author of "Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues."
Maureen Fiedler host, Interfaith Voices and Sister of Loretto.
E.J. Dionne Jr. senior fellow, Brookings Institution; columnist for The Washington Post; and author of "Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent."