Pope wants to open doors that are closed

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There is a door that has been closed and Bergoglio wants to open…

The Cardinal Baldisseri presents the meeting kicks off Sunday: “Francis opens to freedom,” he says. Bergoglio in Santa Marta: “The decline in vocations do not push to take priests without discernment!??”

The Pope, on controversial issues concerning the family, “wants to open: there is a door that has been closed so far and he wants to open.” So the secretary general of the Synod, Cardinal

Lorenzo Baldisseri, presents the synod which kicks off Sunday – and for 15 days – in the Vatican. An important indication in the light of the clash between traditionalists and innovators of the bottom, which emerged in the weeks before it opened. “The synod will be held in the name of freedom of expression and in a climate of respect for each position,” he added Baldisseri. A reference, of course, also the fighting of recent days the hottest topic: that of the hitherto denied communion for divorced and remarried. And again: “The current situation – said the cardinal – is different from 33 years ago, when he left the Familiaris Consortio (Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II.) Must take into account the history and drop the authentic teaching of the church at the present time” . Among the topics on the agenda even de facto unions, contraception, divorced and remarried: all those subject to the believers in the questionnaire that the Vatican sent last November to the diocese. The innovative idea to make inquiries of believers has registered a “high number” of responses and “the amplitude of the received material and ‘certainly index of the frankness and freedom with which the consultation was conducted,” said Baldisseri. “This broad freedom of expression – he continued – also characterize the synodal assembly, which certainly will take place in a climate of respect for each position of mutual charity and with genuine constructive way.” Cardinal said that the work of the Synod will take part as auditors also 13 married couples, including even a couple with unitas mixed marriage (he is Muslim, her Catholic). There will, however, divorced and remarried. Pope, meanwhile, has launched a stark reminder to participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Clergy, asking to use more “insight” in the selection of the priests. “We need priests, lack of vocations. The Lord calls, but not enough. And we bishops have the temptation to take young people without discernment as they arise. This is bad for the church. “And again: “Please, you must study well the path to a vocation. ” Words that seem related to the new episodes of child abuse that led to the arrest of a bishop in the same Vatican territory. With the green light to measure by the same Francesco.

 

 http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2014/10/03/news/la_rivoluzione_del_sinodo_-97231390/

 

 

 

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Catholic College Decides to Cover Abortions in Healthcare Plan! Pay to Murder Unborn Children!

"You shall not murder!" Newchurch complies with Murder!! Anathema!!

“You shall not murder!” Newchurch complies with Murder!! Anathema!!

University announces it will comply with new state regulation!

Outrage!! Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles is complying with a State of California mandate to include abortion in the medical services its insurance policy covers, Live Action News reported.

The decision came in the wake of a directive from the director of the state’s Department of Managed Healthcare, Michelle Rouillard.

Los Angeles Loyolan, the campus newspaper, reported on Saturday that LMU’s insurance will cover faculty and staff for elective abortions effective from August 22 to the end of the policy period.
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“The news was confirmed in an email sent to faculty and staff yesterday. Vice President for Human Resources Rebecca Chandler confirmed that LMU’s insurance providers will now cover all procedures deemed medically necessary, including elective abortions,” the newspaper reported.

Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom have already filed a complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services over California’s decision to force the Catholic university to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plan.

http://www.aleteia.org/en/education/article/catholic-college-decides-to-cover-abortions-in-healthcare-plan-5798682532249600

USCCB Hyper-Dialogue: ‘Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed!’

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The Downside of Dialogue

Dialoguers say the darndest things. The conclusion to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document, Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives, contains the following: “Both Jesus and Muhammad loved and cared for all whom they met, especially the poor and oppressed.”

Would that include the seven hundred men of the Qurayza tribe who were beheaded on Muhammad’s order after they surrendered? Would it include the women and children of the same tribe who were sold into slavery? Muhammad may have cared for some of the poor and oppressed he met, but many people became poor and oppressed precisely because of him. And many others never survived their encounter with the prophet.

What leads Catholic prelates to sign off on a statement that portrays Muhammad as just an earlier version of Will (“I never met a man I didn’t like”) Rogers?

Part of the answer may be simple ignorance. USCCB statements often hold up dialogue as a way to overcome ignorance, but one sometimes gets the impression that the Catholic dialoguers themselves are ignorant of many important Islamic sources. The Koran, for instance, contains only a vague and indirect reference to the Qurayza tribe. For a full account of the slaughter, one would have to read Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah (The Life of Muhammad). That’s not as daunting as it sounds, since a fully indexed English translation is readily available.

But ignorance of the sources only goes so far in explaining the willingness of some Catholic dialoguers to believe the best about Islam. A simpler explanation is that some dialoguers may lack a keen sense of sin. They seem to subscribe to what economist Samuel Gregg calls “sentimental humanitarianism”—the belief that sin resides not in the individual, but in unjust structures. On this view, the causes of evil can be found in poverty, ignorance, or oppression, but not in human nature itself.

I’m sure that the bishops on the Interreligious Affairs Committee don’t consciously hold to the humanitarian doctrine, but some of the things they say, including the generous assessment of Muhammad cited above, suggests a rather optimistic view of human nature. It seems safe to say that there are very few people of whom it can be said they “loved and cared for all whom they met.” It seems equally safe to say that Muhammad is not one of them.

If the bishops can get it so wrong about Muhammad, can they also be mistaken about the contemporary representatives of the religion Muhammad founded—in this case, their Muslim dialogue partners? Do the Muslim dialogists act solely from pure and spiritual motives, or do they—like most humans—act from mixed motives? It may seem like a mean question to ask. At the same time, it is an essential question. Just who are the bishops’ dialogue partners? And to what extent can they be trusted?

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Judging from a recent statement on “Dialogue with Muslims,” the question is not likely to be entertained by the USCCB participants. The statement, which seems to have been prompted by the ISIS atrocities, is essentially a defense of dialogue in the face of criticism that the dialogue has been fruitless. Rather than taking the criticism as an occasion for rethinking the dialogue process, the authors of the statement have taken it as an occasion to double down. There is no indication that they think a course correction might be in order, only an expression of sadness that some Catholics have rejected the call to dialogue out of “confusion and deep emotions.”

Some Catholics, as the bishops say, reject the call to dialogue, but for other critics it’s not dialogue per se that is worrisome, but rather the manner in which it is conducted. Perhaps the biggest worry concerns the bishops’ counterparts. For most of the last two decades, the main Muslim dialogue partner of the CEIA (the Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs) has been the Islamic Society of North America—a group that is part civic organization, part civil rights advocate, part Washington lobbyist, and part interfaith partner. They have a very invitingwebsite which gives the impression that they are as American as apple pie—with one exception. About half of the “who we are” statement is devoted to denying that they were ever under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, that they were ever part of a criminal conspiracy, or that they accept money from foreign governments.

Continue reading – http://www.crisismagazine.com/2014/downside-dialogue?utm_source=feedburner&utm

Society of St. Pius X Issues Objection to Pittsburgh Diocese Notice

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We are what you once were. We believe what you once believed.
We worship as you once worshiped. If you were right then, we are right now.
If we are wrong now, you were wrong then.

The SSPX  objects to the assertion that it is not in communion with the Roman Catholic Church.

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The SSPX and the Catholics frequenting its sacraments have never proven to be declared schismatic, heretical or excommunicated by the authorities of the Church…

The U.S. District of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) published a press release on its website on August 31, 2014, objecting to a notification of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Diocese printed in the Pittsburgh Catholic on August 29, 2014.

This notification of the Pittsburgh Diocese asserted that the SSPX and its newly-acquired St. James Church “is not in full communion with the Catholic Church”.

The SSPX’s press release responded with this statement:

“The SSPX and the Catholics frequenting its sacraments have never proven to be declared schismatic, heretical or excommunicated by the authorities of the Church who alone are competent to deliver such a judgment.”

The Society of St. Pius X is an international religious congregation of the Roman Catholic Church founded with the Vatican’s permission in 1970, whose mission is to form priests and is renowned for its fidelity to Tradition and promotion of the immemorial Roman Mass offered in Latin.

The SSPX’s press release may be read in full at their website, sspx.org.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12135083.htm

 

 

 

Fr. Pfleger rails for more Fergusons!!

Rev. Michael Pfleger addressed Annual King-Chavez Social Justice Event Genesis Center Gary IN. Saturday August 23 2014. | John Smierciak/For

Fr. Pfleger rails for more Fergusons: ‘Whether we’re Muslims, Christians or Jews, our very, very holy books demand we be aggressively active!?’

Chicago priest urges residents to get involved

GARY — In the fire-brand style that has become his trademark, the Rev. Michael Pfleger told a packed room to do more than just pray about rashes of violence and injustices in their community and take matters into their own hands.

Like other speakers at the Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations’ annual Martin Luther King-Cesar Chavez awards brunch Saturday at the Genesis Center, Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church, a Roman Catholic church in Chicago, linked violence in the streets of Northwest Indiana and the South Side of Chicago to the recent violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Protests and riots have wracked the St. Louis suburb since a white police officer allegedly shot and killed an unarmed black teenager two weeks ago.

“The question I think we have to ask of people of faith is, ‘What are we going to do?’ ” Pfleger said. “How are we going to respond? How are we going to respond and act to this injustice we see around America? How is Ferguson going to wake us up in Indiana and Chicago and across this country? Some of us will be angry about what’s going on in Ferguson but do nothing about what’s going on in Indiana or the South Side of Chicago.

“We can’t just ignore what’s going on in Ferguson and ignore what’s going on in our own back yard.”

The federation is an organization of clergy and institutions working to address what they perceive as injustices in Northwest Indiana. After Pfleger’s comments, the energized group, singing “We Shall Overcome,” marched from the Genesis Convention Center to the steps of the adjacent Lake County courthouse and demanded more change.

They especially demanded changes in local policing and more jobs from the Regional Development Authority, which finances a number of large projects in the area.

While the federation lauded its members and handed out awards, Pfleger captured the attendees from his opening comments, demanding people of faith do more than just pray for change.

Pfleger joined St. Sabina as an associate pastor in 1975, becoming its pastor in 1981. His image and comments often appear in news stories and broadcasts in the Chicago and national media.

Before his sermon-like speech, Pfleger said unemployment, poverty and mass incarceration fill the streets of Northwest Indiana and Chicago.

Most people, including those filling churches, temples and mosques, choose to hope things will get better, become hopeless and give up or refuse to address issues that do not touch their homes, Pfleger said.

“None of those are solutions and none of those are acceptable, particularly for people of faith,” he said. “Whether we’re Muslims, Christians or Jews, our very, very holy books demand we be aggressively active, we be voices of change, we be the light and the salt of the earth. I think we’ve dropped the ball.”

http://posttrib.suntimes.com/29416538-418/chicago-priest-calls-for-residents-to-get-involved.html#.U_p2-RKjzmc

Cardinal Parolin in Mexico to coordinate Holy See with gov’t, use Catholic hostels to facilitate border flood?!!

The Vatican Secretary of State has decried an emigration emergency in Mexico!!

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Cardinal Parolin Confronts Migration Emergency in Mexico: Vatican Secretary of State Decries Mass Exodus!

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin arrived Sunday afternoon in Mexico to discuss issues related to the phenomenon of emigration, reported Vatican Radio.

The goal, according to an official of the Mexican government, is to try to coordinate a joint program between the government and the Holy See on this tragic matter.

The visit is notable because it coincides with a humanitarian crisis involving thousands of migrant children traveling alone to the United States. All Central American countries are involved in this exodus. The Catholic Church is in the front line since almost all hostels for migrants in Mexico are run by Catholics.

After having been received by the Mexican Foreign Minister, Jose Antonio Meade, Cardinal Parolin participated in a working dinner which was attended by federal authorities and lawmakers, as well as the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Today, the Vatican Secretary of State will meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and will participate in a meeting on migration and human rights.

During the Mexican President’s official visit to the Vatican last June, he invited Cardinal Parolin to his nation. (D.C.L.)

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/cardinal-parolin-confronts-migration-emergency-in-mexico?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+zenit%2Fenglish+%28ZENIT+English%29

‘The Gospels are not simply nice idyllic stories from the past, but terribly relevant calls to (amnesty) in the present!!’

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Bishop Seitz: We must heed our faith to help immigrant families, children

Catholic bishops pushing their socialist/communist agenda again…

Many today, when they look at public-policy issues, feel they need to separate out what their Judeo-Christian faith would tell them from what they would propose for public action. That should not be the approach for a person of faith.

Our religious faith enlightens us and gives us insight into the challenges we face in our world. Faith reminds us that in our daily lives, Providence is guiding our actions and grace is supplying what we by ourselves would be incapable of doing if it is in accord with God’s will.

The Gospels are not simply nice idyllic stories from the past, but terribly relevant calls to action in the present moment. The perspective of faith changes the way we evaluate every circumstance and every action.

Judeo-Christian faith has been a guiding light since our nation began. Other people of good will have been included as well.

The recognition found in the Declaration of Independence, particularly relevant as we celebrate the 238th anniversary of our independence as a nation this weekend, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights became the foundation for a new approach to governance.

Basic rights belong to people, not because they are given them by the largess of the government, but because they are woven within the fabric of our human nature by God.

This has implications not only for the way that governments treat its citizens, but for the way all people are treated no matter their origin.

The role of religion within society remains to call our nation to these higher things — to confront us with the teachings of the Scriptures and to serve as the conscience of our people as we face the moral dilemmas of our time.

I think it is for this reason that I have been called in the last couple of weeks to testify before two congressional committees on the challenges we are facing with the influx of minors and families from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Some have pointed out that we cannot help everyone who faces needs or deals with crises in their lives. That is true.

A careful reading of the Gospel reveals that we are to do what we can with the help of God for those whom we encounter.

Such is Jesus’ message regarding the man left bleeding and stripped of everything along the road between Jerusalem and Jericho.

The priest and the others pass him by because they think they have more important things to attend to. It is the Samaritan who stops and cleans the victim’s wounds, places him upon his own animal and takes him to a place where he can recuperate whom Jesus challenges us to emulate. (Luke 10: 29-37)

In the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, Jesus paints a scene in which there is a man who lives in relative abundance who fails to even see, much less assist, a poor man lying at his door who is in great need and would gladly eat the scraps from the rich man’s table.

Jesus is saying in no uncertain terms that we will one day be judged based upon how we have responded to the person in need at our door.

Is it really a stretch to conclude that these desperate immigrants at our border are the Lazaruses of today? (Luke 16: 19-31)

I am proud of the generous and compassionate response of so many of the people of El Paso to this influx of children fleeing the deadly gang violence of their home countries.

To the rest of the nation we can rightly repeat the words of Jesus to the lawyer, “Go and do likewise.” (Luke 10: 28)

The Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz is bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso.

 

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_26091701

Cardinal Bertone Threatens Legal Action Against Italian Magazine!!

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Says L’Espresso’s Allegations Against Him Are “False and Offensive”

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has firmly denied allegations made in the Italian magazineL’Espresso that he was an accomplice in smearing the reputation of Dino Boffo, a former editor of the Italian bishops’ newspaper, Avvenire. In a statement, the Holy See Press Office said the former Vatican Secretary of State “categorically denies” the story as “baseless” and that the allegations are “false and offensive.”

The statement said the cardinal has never been involved in such an action, “much less been the cause of it.”

Boffo, who wrote critical editorials of the Berlusconi government, resigned as editor of Avvenire in 2009 after allegations concerning his private life emerged in the Italian daily Il Giornale. The newspaper was then owned by Silvio Berlusconi.

Cardinal Bertone said it was regrettable that this story has been taken up in the mass media and that because of this “new and unjustified” attack, he “reserves the right to take legal action.”

 

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/cardinal-bertone-threatens-legal-action-against-italian-magazine

Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family

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Natural family planning encourages ‘responsible family size?’ 

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The working document for the October 2014 extraordinary Synod of Bishops offers a picture of the Catholic Church today struggling to preach the Gospel and transmit moral teachings amid a “widespread cultural, social and spiritual crisis” of the family.
The 75-page “instrumentum laboris,” published by the Vatican June 26, is supposed to “provide an initial reference point” for discussion at the synod, whose theme will be the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.”

The document is based principally on comments solicited in a questionnaire last November from national bishops’ conferences around the world. But it also reflects comments sent directly to the Vatican by individuals and groups responding to the questionnaire, which was widely published on the Internet.

Topics in the working document include some of the most contested and controversial areas of Catholic moral teaching on the family, including contraception, divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, premarital sex and in vitro fertilization.

Bishops’ conferences responding to the questionnaire attributed an increasing disregard of such teachings to a variety influences, including “hedonistic culture; relativism; materialism; individualism; (and) the growing secularism.”

Recognizing that most Catholic couples do not follow the church’s teaching against the use of artificial birth control, the document says that “for many Catholics the concept of ‘responsible parenthood’ encompasses the shared responsibility in conscience to choose the most appropriate method of birth control.”

The document says the use of natural family planning, condoned by the church, encourages responsible decisions about family size while respecting human fertility and “the dignity of the sexual relationship between husband and wife.”

Bishops expressed particular concern with the “ideology called gender theory, according to which the gender of each individual turns out to be simply the product of social conditioning and needs” without “any correspondence to a person’s biological sexuality.”

The bishops see a need for better teaching of “Christian anthropology,” the document states. Noting that contemporary culture dismisses or misunderstands theories of “natural law,” which seek to “found human rights on reason,” bishops increasingly prefer to invoke Scripture in support of Catholic moral teaching.

The document also points to economic factors behind Catholics’ disregard of that teaching: Cohabitation without marriage can be driven by financial need; youth unemployment; and a lack of housing.” A widespread “contraceptive mentality” reflects, in part, a shortage of “child care, flexible working hours (and) parental leave.” Long working hours and commuting times “take a toll on family relationships.”

“The church is called to offer real support for decent jobs, just wages and a fiscal policy favoring the family as well as programs of assistance to families and children,” the document states.

The document refers briefly to scandals over the sexual abuse of children by priests, which it says “significantly weaken the church’s moral credibility,” as do other forms of “counter-witness in the church,” including the lavish lifestyles of some clergy and unwelcoming attitudes in some parishes toward separated, divorced or single parents.

The bishops recognize the challenges of ministering to growing numbers of people in such “irregular” situations, including divorced Catholics who have remarried civilly without obtaining an annulment of their first marriage, leaving them ineligible to receive Communion.

Their predicament, which Pope Francis has said exemplifies a special need for mercy in the church today, has been a topic of unusually open debate at the highest levels of the church over the last year.

Many in such situations feel “frustrated and marginalized,” the document states, noting proposals for rendering the annulment process simpler and quicker — and warnings that such streamlining might obscure church doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage.

The document also notes proposals that the Catholic Church consider adopting Orthodox practice, which allows for second and even third marriages under certain circumstances.

On the other hand, some bishops and others “want to see more attention given to separated and divorced persons who have not remarried but have remained faithful to their nuptial vows,” and who often “have the added suffering of not being given proper care by the church and thus overlooked.”

The document draws a connection between family breakdown and a “crisis of faith,” noting that, with the increase in single-parent households, many children now miss experiencing the “love of a father, thereby making it particularly difficult to experience God’s love and him as Father.”

Regarding unions between partners of the same sex, bishops around the world “are trying to find a balance between the church’s teaching on the family and a respectful, non-judgmental attitude toward people living in such unions.”

“A distinction must be made between those who have made a personal, and often painful, choice and live that choice discreetly so as not to give scandal to others, and those whose behavior promotes and actively — often aggressively — calls attention to it,” the document states.

While opposing adoption of children by same-sex couples, almost all bishops said they would greet requests to baptize children living with such couples “with the same care, tenderness and concern which is given to other children.”

The document states that children of parents in “irregular” situations should also feel welcome in Catholic schools, where “words and expressions need to be used which create a sense of belonging and not exclusion … fully aware that ‘irregular’ is a word applied to situations, not persons.”

“Children or young people are not to blame for the choices and living situations of their parents,” the document states. It adds that excessive rigidity in such matters runs the risk of “making an unjust distinction between different morally unacceptable situations,” for instance, by punishing children of an invalid marriage but not those whose parents “live a life of crime and exploitation.”

Editors: The complete text of the synod working document in English will be posted at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/index.htm.

The complete text in Spanish will be posted at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/synod/index_sp.htm.

Link – Synod document cites cultural and economic threats to family 

 

Synod: Church to take care of cohabitation Bishops confirm no to gay marriages but yes baptism for children!!

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“During this unhappy period there will be laxity in divine and human precepts. Discipline will suffer. The Holy Canons will be completely disregarded and the clergy will not respect the laws of the Church. The Holy Canons and religious dogmas are clouded by senseless questions and elaborate arguments. As a result, no principle at all, however holy, authentic, ancient, and certain it may be, will not remain free of censure, criticism, false interpretations, modifications and delamination by man. These are evil times, century full of dangers and calamities. Heresy is everywhere and the followers of heresy are in power almost everywhere. Bishops, prelates and priests say they are doing their duty, that they are vigilant. They seek all excuses but God will permit a great evil against His Church.     – St. Francis of Paola

 

(ANSA) – Vatican 26 June – Among the familiar situations “difficult” when the churches should give adequate answers, according to the Working Paper of the next Synod of Bishops, there are cohabitation, domestic partnerships, separated, divorced and remarried, the children who are alone, single mothers. All of the Bishops’ Conferences are also against the laws on gay unions, but if those who live in such unions seeking baptism for the child, the child must be “received with the same care and tenderness” of other children. 

Link –  Synod: Church to take care of cohabitation

(ANSA) – Vatican City, June 26 –  The Catholic Church must reconsider how it deals with unmarried couples, people who are divorced, those who have married more than once and single parents, according to the Instrumentum Laboris document prepared by the Vatican ahead of an extraordinary synod of bishops on the family in October. Many Catholics show “difficulties” in accepting the Church’s doctrine on “birth control, divorce… homosexuality, unmarried couples, faithfulness, sex before marriage and in vitro fertilization”, the document added. The Instrumentum Laboris was compiled on the basis of feedback gathered from priests and laity ahead of the October 5-19 synod on “the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation”. It said that many struggles faced by Catholics with respect to family life are the result of ineffective teaching in that area as well as of pervasive secularism, relativism and hedonism in today’s society. However the document also insisted on the importance of mercy in responding to what it describes as “the new challenges of the family” and the difficulty faced by many of accepting sometimes controversial teachings.

The Instrumentum Laboris devoted eight pages to separation, divorce and remarriage, acknowledging in particular the pain and suffering of divorced and remarried Catholics desiring to receive Communion.

“Some Church members who are cognizant that they are in an irregular situation clearly suffer from the fact that they are unable to receive the sacraments,” the document stated. “Many feel frustrated and marginalized. Some wonder why other sins can be forgiven and not theirs,” it continued, also pointing out how “in other cases, persons do not understand how their irregular situation can be a reason for their not being able to receive the sacraments”.

In the face of such situations “the Church needs to equip herself with pastoral means which provide the possibility of her more widely exercising mercy, clemency and indulgence towards new unions,” the document said.

The Instrumentum Laboris also devoted considerable attention to the thorny issues of same-sex unions, cohabitation, contraception and abortion. In what could be seen as an important opening it said that while the Catholic Church should not recognise any form of gay union it should baptize children living with homosexual parents if those parents request it. The document said that bishops conferences all over the world were against “legislation that allows unions of people of the same sex”.
But it added that if people belonging to those gay couples requested that their children be baptized, the Church should welcome them “with the same care, tenderness and concern that other children receive”.
The October synod is the first of two extraordinary meetings of bishops on the family that will lead to new pastoral guidelines in this area. The second meeting is scheduled for 2015.

Link – Synod opens to rethink on unwed, divorce