Synod Leader: Don't Expect Changes in Catholic Church PolicyHungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo, who is playing a key role in the Catholic Church's upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, said there will be no changes in church policy coming as a result of the summit.
There has been talk of revisions on policy such as communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and even on broad matters such as contraception, Erdo told the Catholic publication Crux, but that has come from "a pressure with no foundation to change Church teaching."
Pope Francis called for a three-year reflection on the family during his first year as Pontiff, and has been addressing church teachings on family in his Wednesday audiences since January.
Two questionnaires were sent out to dioceses and in April, the German bishop's conference supported changes, including on the communion issue.
However, a German cardinal has lambasted fellow church leaders who support admitting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive communion, calling them heretics who are putting the unity of the Catholic Church at risk.
Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, a former head of the Vatican’s commission for historical sciences, said those who support such a change are "irresponsible" and "in contradiction to the teaching of the church."
HERE IS THE FULLER CRUX ARTICLE:
By Inés San Martín
ROME — A Hungarian cardinal set to play a key role in the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family suggested Thursday that no change will result from the summit, either on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics or on broader matters such as contraception.
Cardinal Péter Erdő said that talk of revisions on those fronts is the result of “a pressure with no foundation to change Church teaching.”
Erdő was the relator — more or less the chairman — of last October’s synod, and will reprise his role this year. It’s an influential post, among other things giving him the chance to shape the synod’s final document.
Erdo called the synod a place for an honest discussion over the difficulties families face, and said that legal and theological efforts are being made to find answers. (My comment: as I have said over and over again, annulments will take a common sense approach when legal technicalities prevent annulments from occurring such as no witnesses or one partner's intransigence in cooperating.)
He warned, however, that “all the possible solutions will be rooted in the faith.”
Francis called for a three-year reflection on the family in the first year of his pontificate. Since January, he’s been using his weekly Wednesday audiences to reflect on the subject, addressing Church teaching on different issues such as the nature of marriage as a union between a man and a woman, indissoluble, and open to life.
The process as Francis envisioned it includes two synods and the participation of ordinary Catholics from all over the world. Laity have been invited to answer two questionnaires about marriage and the family.
“These pastoral problems exist, and they deserve a very delicate attention,” Erdo said, insisting that a bishop’s work must be rooted in Church teaching and without disregarding the work done in the past.
“We need to make a list with the possible solutions that already exist, rooted in the faith,” he said, arguing that it’s possible to find “radical” measures without setting aside the Church’s traditional discipline.( My comment: making the annulment process more humane and common sense especially when mere legal technicalities thwart the annulment procedure.)