Battle lines drawn for October’s family synod

By Fr. Michael Kelly, May 29, 2014,

Pope Francis has called an extraordinary synod of bishops on the family in October. The hot button issue for the gathering is already well known — whether divorced and remarried Catholics can or should be able to receive the Eucharist. Battles lines at the Vatican have already been drawn in the differing views expressed by the German cardinals Walter Kasper and Gerhard Mueller. How this plays itself out in Rome in October was spelled out in Manila earlier this month when the secretary of the Vatican’s Council on the Family, Archbishop Jean Lafitte, restated the failure of some Catholic authorities to engage with the reality of the family today. The views were given at a conference in the Philippines, a country that is 86 percent Catholic. It is atypical of the Church in Asia and most of the world, as it remains perhaps the only country in the world where the Church’s influence is such that there is no civil divorce. But on display in Manila were how one section of the Church’s leadership sees the issue and will propose defense of the family in October:
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