The Vatican Synod on the Family sparked worldwide media frenzy – and confusion – the past several weeks. Religion News Service Editor-in-Chief Kevin Eckstrom offers some clarity on what actually happened. Though initial reports praised the Vatican’s openness for its seeming moves toward a greater openness regarding of divorce, homosexuality and family planning, no real change occurred. But while conservative bishops seem to have won a battle, more progressive forces – Pope Francis among them – may have moved closer to winning the war.

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