Pope Francis has expressed his desire that the Catholic Church function like a “field hospital.”  Perhaps the first real test of this is the extraordinary meeting of the Synod of Bishops that has been going on this past week.  This meeting is the first half of a discussion that will conclude in 2016 with an ordinary meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the same topic.  Will the results be actions that are caring and meeting the needs of the people?  The Pope has taken several measures to try and make it so.

For the rest of this post, see the it here on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Opinion page.