There has been a lot of confusion arising out of the reports on the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family at the Vatican. Pope Francis wanted free-wheeling discussions among the participants, especially the bishops. I have no doubt that every one of the participants love Christ and his Church deeply and in that love, are seeking the truth. In that search, they have to consider a wide range of positions, so that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, eventually eliminate what cannot be reconciled with the truth, state more clearly what is right, and give guidance in the pastoral application of the truth. However, this synod is not about changing the Church’s teachings, nor mandating new pastoral directives. It is mainly a preparation for the regular Synod on the Family which takes place next year. But even next year’s synod will only conclude with a list of proposals for the Pope to guide him in the writing of an apostolic exhortation in which Church teaching will be further elucidated and pastoral guidance given. Fr Robert Barron’s short video on the Extraordinary Synod is the best explanation I’ve seen on how we should the synod. He draws on examples from the Church’s history when the Church’s bishops gather to deliberate on matters dealing with faith and morals. Click this link for Fr Barron’s video.
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