Most interesting

From the Vatican news website:

The head of the Holy See press office Fr Federico Lombardi and his assistants spoke of the many different subjects under discussion on the first two days of the Synod, in particular the need for a more sensitive and inclusive language about family life that will not turn people away from the Church. Canadian Fr Tom Rosica gave some specific examples from the English speaking bishops present at the meeting:

“Language such as ‘living in sin,’ ‘intrinsically disordered,’ or ‘contraceptive mentality’ are not necessarily words that invite people to draw closer to Christ and the Church.”

Synod participants have also been underlining the need to apply the so-called ‘law of graduality’ or ‘stepping stones approach’ as they minister to people living in all kinds of relationships that do not conform to the Church’s ideal of marriage and family life.

“Questa tema della gradualità è stata ripresa………non si raggiunge ancora questa ideale.”

Fr Lombardi used an analogy from the Second Vatican Council which led to profound changes in the Catholic Church’s relations with other Christians and people of other religious traditions. During the Council, bishops agreed that while the fullness of Christ’s Church “subsists” only in the Catholic Church, important elements of truth and holiness also exist in other churches and faith communities. In a similar way, he said, valid and important elements of true love and holiness can also exist in a relationship that does not conform to the full vision of an ideal Catholic marriage.

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6 Responses to Most interesting

  1. Macy says:

    “valid and important elements of true love and holiness can also exist in a relationship that does not conform to the full vision of an ideal Catholic marriage.”
    Yes, canonization is not a prerequisite. So? Will the Church continue to teach man the truth about man?

  2. Macy says:

    Nichols and Rai “spoke about Synod Fathers who live in countries where Catholics are a tiny minority and who say the Church has much to learn from the wisdom and experience of other religious traditions.” Nichols and Rai are spokesmen for other Synod Fathers? Can’t to wait to hear the much wisdom and experience we can learn from!

    • Macy says:

      Oh wait, I get it: they were speaking at the press conference. Am still not used to the actual interventions not being made available.

      Anyway, am all ears for the details!

      • Rev22:17 says:

        Macy,

        You wrote: Am still not used to the actual interventions not being made available.

        Actual interventions at Catholic synods are seldom made available, as there’s too much danger of content being taken out of context, resulting in (1) misunderstanding of the speaker’s intent and (2) confusion of a proposal or suggestion with a decision.

        The Vatican Information Service (VIS) daily bulletins, however, contain excellent summaries of the discussion at each session. You can subscribe to these bulletins on the VIS section of the Vatican’s web site.

        Norm.

  3. Macy says:

    Thanks, Norm! Yes, the VIS is good. I meant the bulletins with the texts submitted by the Synod Fathers, such as these (and, you’re right, they weren’t necessarily as delivered):
    http://www.vatican.va/news_services/press/sinodo/documents/bollettino_22_xii-ordinaria-2008/bollettino_22_xii_ordinaria-2008_index_en.html
    which won’t be released for this synod, as I understand.
    In previous editions, if you read somewhere that Bishop X had said something, it was from his intervention as submitted on paper. It was never Bishop X relating at a press conference what Bishops V, W, X, Y, Z said during the Congregation.
    Blessings 🙂

  4. Tim S. says:

    Where is Ian Paisley when you need him?

    NO! No, no, no, no, no!

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