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Cardinal Erdö on the Synod: Pressures that do not have theological standing, trigger division

2015-05-29

The Vatican is getting ready to publish its working document for the second phase of the Synod on the Family. The document will be released in the month of June. To have a better sense of the issues parishioners are concerned with, a questionnaire was sent to Bishops worldwide. 

The Swiss and German episcopal conference made the questionnaire and its responses public. It shows that the majority calls for a review of the doctrine which prohibits divorced and re-married Catholics, who don't have an annulment, to receive the Eucharist. 

Cardinal Peter Erdo, who will serve as the Synod's Relator General recognizes that it's a challenging issue. 

CARD. PÉTER ERDO
Relator General of the Synod 
May 8th 
"This pastoral problem exists and it deserves appropriate attention. But we must move forward by taking into consideration the content of our faith and looking into if we are reasoning with a theological method. As Christians our focus should be on our Lord, Jesus of Nazareth and His teachings.  His teachings are what should illuminate the concrete path the Church and every Christian should follow.” 

The Synod will begin on October 4th. Even though it's only a few months away, the Cardinal says that some of the plausible solutions that have been discussed, don't seem solid enough. 

CARD. PÉTER ERDO
Relator General of the Synod 
May 8th 
"My impression is that a canonical and theological effort is being made, but the material that's been published so far, doesn't have the required depth. Pressures that don't have legitimate theological standing only triggers more division within the Church. We must reason with love, sensibility and also responsibility for the unity of the Church.” 
 
In order to give a concrete answer to the issue of  divorced and re-married Catholics, Cardinal Erdo says part of the answer is delving deeper into the solutions offered by the Magisterium. 

Just like the first phase of the Synod on the Family back in 2014, Erdo will once again be relator general of the session, which means he will be in charge of collecting the material that's addressed during the discussions. 


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