{FD} US Catholic bishops moving forward despite controversial Vatican directive

The bishops had planned to vote on two crucial issues dealing with the clergy abuse crisis by enforcing a code of conduct for bishops and creating a civilian-led investigative body that would field complaints of abuse concerning bishops. Instead, at the last minute, the Holy See directed them to not take action on either of those issues.

{FD} Youth Synod at the Vatican overshadowed by clergy sex abuse scandals

The reality is, if the Catholic Church hadn’t had a “summer of hell,” as some called it, over the various clergy sex abuse scandals, very little media attention would be focused on this Synod that began Wednesday in Rome. But now, Catholic pundits say, it is the most significant meeting of Pope Francis’s papacy, as the church faces potentially its biggest crisis perhaps since the Protestant Reformation more than 500 years ago.