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Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica: "To label people ... does not help in bringing people to Christ"

8. okt. 2014

Joshua J. McElwee, NCR skriver bl.a.:

The first days of discussions at the global meeting of Catholic bishops have focused partly on how to change "harsh language" used by the church in discussing family life and on acknowledging that people grow in faith slowly, according to Vatican observers of the meeting.

One theme said to be included in 70 speeches made by prelates over the past two days is how the prelates label people with words that "are not necessarily words that invite people to draw closer to the church."

Briefing reporters Tuesday on the event, known as a Synod of Bishops, Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica said one or more synod members specifically referred to three terms commonly used by the church:

  • "Living in sin": a reference to couples who live together before marriage;
  • "Intrinsically disordered": a reference to gay people; and
  • "Contraceptive mentality": a reference made by some prelates to refer to a society that does not respect life.

"To label people ... does not help in bringing people to Christ," said Rosica, summarizing the synod member. "There was a great desire that our language has to change in order to meet the very difficult situations."

Rosica spoke Tuesday during a Vatican briefing summarizing the talks at the Oct. 5-19 synod.

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