A new poll shows that most Catholics, no matter what their family structure, are comfortable with a wide variety of family arrangements. And many think the Church should be more open to them as well.
Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global Church, counseling a more merciful message and prioritizing different issues -- issues he could raise when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27.
In an extraordinary gesture of clemency, Pope Francis announced that during the special Jubilee Year of Mercy, every priest in the world will be able to forgive the sin of abortion. He also reached out to breakaway traditionalist groups.
Although Francis' decisions on forgiving abortion and reaching out to breakaway traditionalists represents no change to Church teaching, they demonstrate that the pope's talk about mercy isn’t mere rhetoric.