Throwing Doctrine to the Lions

Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 20. The pope asked the world's cardinals and those about to be made cardinals to meet at the Vatican Feb. 20-21 to discuss the church's pastoral approach to the family. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (Feb. 20, 2014) See POPE-FAMILY Feb. 20, 2014.

The German-speaking delegation at the 2015 Synod continues to seek restoration of Communion for divorced Catholics by virtue of a forum internum, a private meeting with a priest.