Today the Synod on “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation” begins in the Vatican. Described as the closest thing the Catholic Church gets to a parliament, this Synod is already an anomaly as it has attracted unprecedented media interest. But that’s probably not surprising given that topics under discussion relate to issues such as marriage, divorce, clerical celibacy, contraception and more besides. Writing in yesterday’s Irish Times Paddy Agnew described it as “a theology debate that’ll be front-page news” and Paddy joins Marian from the Vatican Media Centre.
When Pope Francis was elected as head of the roman catholic church it soon became clear that he would have a different style of papacy to that of his predecessor Benedict. Now, in his first major interview published in a jesuit magazine he has indicated that he would like to see “ real, effective change” in the church and a “ new balance” on issues like abortion, homosexuality and the role of women. Sean was joined in studio by Theologian Gina Menzies and John Murray – Lecturer in Moral Theology at the Mater Dei Institute of Theology