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The meeting opened with a call for unity, but clerics are navigating a contentious relationship between Pope Francis and conservative American Catholics.
Source: American Bishops Navigate Divisions
Progressives who once hoped that the synod would create momentum for things like reaching out to L.G.B.T.Q.+ Catholics said the meeting had failed to move the institution.
Source: Vatican Deems Bigger Role for Women ‘Urgent’ but Punts on Major Issues
A priest in the bishop’s diocese was accused of holding a sex party in his church apartment that involved a male prostitute who lost consciousness.
Source: Polish Bishop Resigns After Reports of Priest Holding Orgy
As the pope and church leaders meet in Rome to discuss the Roman Catholic Church’s future, they face a chasm between conservatives and progressives in the pews.
Source: Two Illinois Parishes Live on Either Side of a Catholic Divide
Source: Two Sides of the Catholic Divide in One American Archdiocese