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Cardinal Marx addresses the Pope during the German bishops’ ad limina visit (CNS)

Why popes don’t always get what they want

The friends of Francis are urging him to take a revolutionary step after the synod. But there are good reasons why he might reject their advice

Bishops leave St. Peter's Basilica after a meeting of the Second Vatican Council in 1962 (CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo)

Vatican II was intended as a call to unity and evangelism, but its legacy has been an escalation of intra-Catholic wars. It is time to embrace John XXIII’s original vision

Archbishop Kevin McDonald (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The prayer was revised by Benedict XVI in 2008 after he permitted wider celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form

'The choice of music at Mass matters as much as the quality of the sermon' (cartoon by Christian Adams)

Can Bad Catholic Music be stopped?

When Benedict XVI was in his prime choirmasters quietly reintroduced chant and polyphony to Catholic parishes. But it may have been too little too late

Synod fathers pray at the start of a morning session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, who will again preside over the synod, talks to Pope Francis outside the Synod Hall last October (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 1, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Cardinal Walter Kasper (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

The Synod’s script is atrocious

The Instrumentum Laboris is at best theologically thin and tirelessly moralistic

A painting of St Philip Neri

The heart of St Philip’s apostolate is beating strong half a millennium after his birth

A Vatican flag (PA)

My friend Gerry’s Vatican flag had been lowered ever since Pius XII died

Cardinals in the synod hall (CNS)

In the first of a four-part look ahead to October’s synod, Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith says the Church hierarchy must prove it is willing to listen to the views of everyone