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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at msomers@washingtontimes.com.

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In his address to synod participants, Pope Francis said the church has one year "to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront." (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Blacklisted priest hopeful for changes to Catholic credo

A blacklisted priest is calling on Catholics to keep up the momentum for change generated by this month's Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops, which divided church leaders on how welcoming the 2,000-year-old faith should be toward 21st century issues like gay marriage and divorce. Published October 21, 2014

Bishops and cardinals attended a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican in October 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Catholics split on gay-welcoming synod report

Catholic leaders are warning people not to get caught up in unrealistic expectations after a report issued by the Vatican included language about "welcoming homosexuals" and being more understanding of non-traditional families within the church. Published October 14, 2014

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Catholic Church offers tentative welcome to gays

Gay people have "gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community," according to a Vatican report released Monday that stunned both LGBT advocates and traditional marriage proponents with its "welcoming" language. Published October 13, 2014

Nicole Pries, left, and Lindsey Oliver, center, hold up their marriage license as Rev. Robin Gorsline, right, applauds as they celebrate being one of the first same-sex couples in Virginia to be married outside a Richmond Court building in Richmond, Va., Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The couple were the first in the Richmond area to be married after the US Supreme Court refused to overturn same-sex marriage prohibitions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Protestants to go slow on same-sex marriage

Some mainstream Protestant churches are taking cautious steps to address the potential impact of same-sex marriage on their congregations. Published October 8, 2014

Rabbi Gil Steinlauf leads a group of children in song Friday during a celebration of the first night of Hanukkah at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., in 2010. The rabbi has now come out as gay. (Joseph Silverman/The Washington Times)

Rabbi at conservative D.C. synagogue comes out as gay

Senior Rabbi Gil Steinlauf informed members of Adas Israel Congregation that after years and with the help of his wife, Batya, he came to understand "that I could walk my path with the greatest strength, with the greatest peace in my heart, with the greatest healing and wholeness, when I finally acknowledged that I am a gay man." Published October 7, 2014

"We have to deal with the fact there are many versions today of what people call family," said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. (Khalid Naji-Allah/ Special to The Washington Times)

Catholic bishops synod to focus on family issues

Catholic leaders will begin discussing this weekend a host of family-related matters, including same-sex marriage, birth control and other pressing issues in an ever-changing world. Published October 2, 2014

The Vatican says it has put defrocked Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, under house arrest following allegations he sexually abused young boys in the Caribbean country. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz, File)

Peace of mind

A new survey on mental health and faith found that most Protestant pastors believe people with mental illness can develop their spirituality and go to heaven, despite the fact it is not explicitly addressed in the Bible. Published September 25, 2014