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Synod: Beauty of marriage and Christ’s warning against worldly mentality must be remembered

The Secretariat of the Synod recalled that the Relatio post disceptationem is a "working document" that will be examined by the Working Groups. The summary of their reflections will be made public. "The idea of the Working Groups is to deliver a working text for the third part of the process which is next year’s Ordinary Synod of bishops on the family. Only then will there be a "definitive pronouncement" on the issues under examination.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Relatio post disceptationem presented yesterday by Cardinal Erdo, General Rapporteur of the Synod is just a "working document". This point was reiterated today at the briefing for journalists held in the Holy See Press Office, referring to a statement from the General Secretariat of the Synod which summarizes  " hat it is a working document, which summarizes the interventions and debate of the first week, and is now being offered for discussion by the members of the Synod gathered in the Small Groups", currently in progress.

It was further underlined by the synthesis of the interventions which followed the Reports presentation yesterday, which stated  " while the Church must welcome those in difficulty, it would be useful to speak more widely about those families who remain faithful to the teachings of the Gospel, thanking them and encouraging them for the witness they offer. From the Synod it emerged more clearly that indissoluble, happy marriage, faithful for ever, is beautiful, possible and present in society, therefore avoiding a near-exclusive focus on imperfect family situations". Still, it was stated that "it is necessary to clarify and explore more deeply the theme of "gradualness", that may give rise to confusion. With regard to access to the sacraments for divorced and remarried persons, for instance, it was said that it is difficult to accept exceptions unless in reality they become a common rule". It was also noted that the word "sin" is almost absent from the Relatio. The prophetic tone of Jesus' words was also mentioned, to avoid the risk of conformity to the mentality of today's world". And finally,"in relation to homosexuals, moreover, the need for welcome was highlighted, but with the just produced, so that the impression of a positive evaluation of such a tendency on the part of the Church is not created. The same care was advised with regard to cohabitation".

Returning to the briefing today, given by Cardinals Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Wilfrid Fox Napier, Archbishop of Durban, South Africa, Father Federico Lombardi, director of the press, announced that "the work of the Working Groups will be presented to the Congregation on Thursday morning". "It 's expected - he added - that the synthesis of the Working Groups will be made ​​public," so far as it is overall view presented by the "Relatio ante," the "Relatio post", and the summary of discussions of the Working Groups that go to form the "Relatio Synodi" which will be presented to the Pope.

The idea of the Small Groups, the speakers noted, is to present the Pope with a result that will act as a "basis" for the third part of the process of the Synod of the family, the ordinary assembly of bishops that will take place next year.  Only then will "definitive pronouncements" be made on the issues under examination.

 

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