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The cardinal has overcome the challenges to his power. How much further can he go?

The cardinals who elected Pope Francis hoped for major curial reform. Why isn’t it going to plan?

The Maltese furore

Two very unlikely bishops have issued the most permissive guidelines yet on Amoris Laetitia. No wonder many Catholics are up in arms

Cardinal Müller’s balancing act

The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?

How the ‘dubia’ drama will end

Pope Francis has declined to answer four cardinals’ ‘doubts’ about his teaching on marriage. The Church is now in uncharted territory

The Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue announced a substantial agreement but healing the historic schism still requires plenty of work

Tug of war over Amoris

Catholics are divided over how far Francis wants to change Church teaching regarding the remarried. But does he even have the authority to do so?

The Pope reaches out to America

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The appointment of Bishop Farrell suggests the Pope wants the Church in the US to move away from confrontation and towards dialogue

We can have it both ways

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Cardinal Sarah’s advice to priests to celebrate Mass facing east, rather than towards the congregation, has caused uproar in Rome. Yet a simple compromise is available

Is Orthodoxy unravelling?

After 50 years of preparation, the Pan-Orthodox Council has fallen apart at the last minute. Many are blaming Moscow, but that is far too simplistic