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Crux: Pope urges bishops to be bold, but synod’s opening day stresses limits

6. okt. 2014

Inés San Martín, Crux, skriver bl.a.:

Pope Francis opened the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the Family today by urging the bishops and other participants to “speak boldly,” yet the main speaker on the summit’s opening day struck a cautious note, insisting that what’s at stake isn’t church doctrine, but rather its practical application.

“What’s being discussed at this synod … are not doctrinal issues, but the practical ones,” said Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdö, tapped by the pope to serve as the synod’s relator, meaning the person who opens the discussion at the beginning and who wraps it up at the end.

Despite that, Erdö insisted the synod would still be a free and open debate.

Although the pre-synod period had been dominated by a public cross-fire among cardinals and other bishops over the controversial issue of whether divorced and remarried Catholics ought to be able to receive communion, several prelates today denied that the synod is divided.

“There isn’t a conflict,” said Cardinal André Armand Vingt-Trois of Paris during a Vatican news conference.

“Some things were said in the heat of the moment, but I don’t define this as a real polemic” among bishops, he said.


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