Fr Mark Drew

Cardinal Sarah’s advice to priests to celebrate Mass facing east, rather than towards the congregation, has caused uproar in Rome. Yet a simple compromise is available

After 50 years of preparation, the Pan-Orthodox Council has fallen apart at the last minute. Many are blaming Moscow, but that is far too simplistic

The Pontiff has chosen to promote debate and diversity, rather than build unity around clearly expressed doctrine. The consequences will be enormous

Those who wanted the issue settled so they can get on with life peacefully are likely to be disappointed

The cardinal from a remote African village has become a standard bearer for Catholic orthodoxy in a Church where many things now seem uncertain