The Vatican’s Synod on the Family, formally titled “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization,” brought together bishops from around the world to discuss how to apply the Bible’s teachings to contemporary issues like homosexuality. Although initial translations from the Synod suggested an increasingly tolerant view of nontraditional relationships by the Church, the Vatican then released a clarification that suggested otherwise. Sarah speaks with author and historian Patricia Miller about what a Synod is, how often it happens and how the discussions at this Synod will affect Catholics.

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