Synod, the report passed by a majority “To welcome homosexuals with respect”

Yes to the document that contains openings on gay and communion to Catholics after the end of the marriage. but on the more controversial issues failed “quorum” of two-thirds

Bishops at the Synod on the Family

Bishops at the Synod on the Family

The Synod Fathers have voted and approved this afternoon the text of the “relatio Synodi” the final document of the Extraordinary Synod on the family convened by Francis. An assembly that at the behest of the Pope has worked with great freedom, confronting the problems really, without pre-established paths or pre-cooked.


The text has been voted in every section: the bishops and other members of the Synod are expressed on each of 62 numbers, with an electronic voting that included only the option “placet” or “Non placet”. For the approval of the texts was necessary two-thirds majority of the Assembly. The paragraph on the most controversial issue, the ability to change the rules on the admission of divorced and remarried to the sacraments, which featured the two positions emerged, did not get the two-thirds vote, coming in at 104 in favor and 74 against. The same fate has befallen the text about gays, who scored 118 and 62 placet or non placet.


The Pope has decided to publish all the full text, and to report to the journalists also the individual votes of all the sections, so as to understand the size of the consent of the individual points, highlighting the debate. He got two-thirds of the votes (155 against 19) the point at which it is stated: “Even the situations of divorced and remarried require careful discernment and accompaniment of great respect, avoiding any language and attitude that makes them feel discriminated against and promoting their participation in community life.Caring for them is not for the Christian community to a weakening of his faith and his testimony about the indissolubility of marriage, rather it expresses itself in this cure his charity.” 


Here’s the paragraph on the most controversial issue on the sacraments to divorced and remarried, who got 104 yes and 74 no, “Have you considered the possibility that the divorced and remarried have access to the sacraments of penance and the Eucharist. A number of Synod Fathers have insisted in favor of the current rules in force of the fundamental relationship between participation in the Eucharist and communion with the Church and its teaching on marriage indissoluble. Others were not generalized to welcome the Eucharistic table, in some special situations and under strict conditions, especially when dealing with cases is irreversible and related to moral obligations towards their children that would suffer unjust sufferings. Any access to the sacraments should be preceded by a penitential under the responsibility of the diocesan bishop. It is still the issue in-depth, bearing in mind the distinction between the objective situation of sin, and mitigated circumstances, given that the “imputability or responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified” by various “psychological or social factors” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1735).


Finally, here is the new text relating to homosexual persons, which has obtained an absolute majority but not two-thirds, “Some families are living the experience of having their internal people with homosexual orientation. In this regard, we have questioned on pastoral care which is appropriate to deal with this situation by referring to what the Church teaches: “There is no foundation whatsoever to assimilate or to establish even remotely analogous, including same-sex unions and the plan of God for marriage and the family. “Nevertheless, men and women with homosexual tendencies must be accepted with respect and sensitivity. “They regard to avoid any sign of unjust discrimination” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith). ” It should be noted, to understand how sensitive this subject, which did not get the two-thirds even a text that actually repeats the Catechism of the Catholic Church and a text of the Holy Office.


So there are issues in dispute that it has not reached a qualified majority can not be considered texts proposed by the Synod. But since it is a text still work, on which you will have to compare the local churches in the next year, Francis wanted to publish everything. And it is significant that there was an absolute majority willing to study and discuss.


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