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The Synod will reflect on how to help families that are going through difficult times

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The Vatican has introduced the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the family. The text reflects the results of the first Synod and also offers important new information.

In the case of divorced Catholics who have remarried, the document asks for ways to reintegrate them into the normal life of the Church, like allowing them to be sponsors or teach the catechesis.

CARD. LORENZO BALDISSERI
Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
"Accompaniment means to be close to these people who are currently being marginalized, off to the side.”

MSGR. BRUNO FORTE
Special Secretary of the Synod
"The great challenge isn't 'yes or no to Communion for the divorced,' as it is sometimes simplified in the media. The challenge is how to help people to feel like they are a part of the ecclesial life. Because only through reception and integration can a person who feels judged and rejected once again feel accepted and valued in the life of the Church.”

CARD. PETER ERDÖ
Relator General of the Synod
"The central question of every Synod is what is Christianity. Are we a natural religion that must reflect philosophically about the world and the human experience and look for solutions for every generation? Or are we disciples of Jesus Christ, a particular historical person, with a particular teaching, who unites history and tradition, and whose teaching is perfectly recognizable?”

The text recognizes the insolubility of marriage and considers it vital to promote Catholic doctrine with a language that inspires hope. It also says that it is necessary to adopt clear, attractive, and open language that isn't judgmental or overly controlling.

MSGR. BRUNO FORTE
Special Secretary of the Synod
"Especially in fragile situations, with wounded families, in those cases the Church must express a pastoral action of love, closeness, and the Lord's mercy in relation to those people that are hurt in their real experience.”

The document also says that the value of women must be shown and proposes for the Church to include them in the decision-making and governing processes. They can also contribute to the formation of priests. 

The first phase of the Synod on the family has already finished. This document marks the start of the second phase, which is about the family's mission in the contemporary world.

Bishops from throughout the world will meet for three weeks in Rome, starting on October 4th. Further, women who are experts in the family and married couples will also take part in the discussions.


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