After synod on family, Francis faces a tough choice

October 25, 2015 9:13 PM

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After synod on family, Francis faces a tough choice

VATICAN CITY — During the closing Mass of a major summit of Roman Catholic clerics on family issues, Pope Francis took the pulpit at St. Peter’s Basilica and delivered a sermon that appeared at times to veer into lecture.

After three weeks, the gathering — called a synod — had exposed a rift within the church hierarchy. Some bishops and cardinals were pressing for more inclusion for the divorced and remarried and for gay men and lesbians. But many others had pushed back, insisting that the church’s rules and moral co...

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