Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago is one of eight American delegates at Pope Francis' synod on the family. Catholic bishops from around the world have been meeting in Vatican City since the beginning of the month, debating how the church should handle divorcées, gay and lesbian people, and unmarried couples living together.
Cupich joins us from Rome to discuss what conversations with his fellow bishops have been like, and what we can expect to come out of the synod.
"It was a great learning experience for me because I heard from bishops around the world that their challenges are different than our own, and it gave me an appreciation for the fact that we really as a worldwide church have to be open to listen to one another and help each other as brothers," Cupich told Phil Ponce via Skype.
"We all spoke very openly about the situations we face; some of the struggles," he added. "And yet at the same time, looking at ways in which we can be more present to people–be more elastic and open–and at the same time keeping what we believe that unites us together in a way that doesn't fracture us. It was, I think, a really open spirit, and the Holy Father said last year, 'Don't come to this meeting and say to someone, you can't say that.'"
Watch the video to hear our full conversation with Cupich.