Upcoming Synod of Bishops is about more than just marriage and family

02/10/2014Print This Post

Robert Mickens

A Roman Observer: For his first column for the NCR, Robert Mickens, a longtime Vatican observer, tells us what to expect when the synod on the family opens this weekend.


One Response to “Upcoming Synod of Bishops is about more than just marriage and family”
  1. Martin Murray says:

    “In this apostolic exhortation (Evangelii Gaudium), the pope says it is even necessary to “re-examine” various “rules or precepts” and “certain customs” when “considering a reform of the Church.” This includes a generous, open and merciful attitude toward offering people the sacraments. Quoting St. Ambrose, he writes that the Eucharist “is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.”

    I am encouraged by these words of Pope Francis and hope that beginning with this synod and under his leadership, we may yet set a new course for our Church which will reflect the universal love and compassion of the God in who’s name it claims to act and speak.

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