"One of the cardinals leading the meeting seemed to say there could be no surprise in one of its most anticipated discussions -- indicating no foreseeable movement on the church’s stance towards couples who are civilly divorced and remarried."
The National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) which does have some good reporters, such as
My comment first: Pope Francis states the obvious about upholding the "Deposit of Faith" of the Catholic Church. Keep in mind, please, please, please, that the heterodox hate the term "Deposit of Faith" because it makes their heterodox agenda impossible if there is such a thing. Pope Francis has spoken about the Deposit of Faith countless times since his election because he knows the "lefties" don't like it!
This is from the NCR:
The Synod, the pope said, is not a parliament or a senate, but an “ecclesial expression” of a church “that walks together to read reality with eyes of faith and the heart of God.”
“It is the Church that questions
itself on its fidelity to the deposit of the faith, so that it does not
represent a museum to be looked at or only to be safeguarded, but a
living spring from which the church drinks to quench thirst and
illuminate the deposit of life,” the pontiff said of the Synod.
(This the following is a bucket of cold water poured upon the heterodox about the possiblity of Catholics married outside of the Catholic Church in second unions be allowed to received Holy Communion):
Following the pontiff, the meeting was addressed by two Cardinals: Lorenzo Baldisseri, the head of the Vatican’s office for the synod; and Péter Erdő, the archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest who is serving as the synod’s general relator.
Erdő, who is responsible for
guiding the Synod’s discussions, dedicated his lengthy remarks to giving
an overview of its working document, known as an Instrumentum Laboris.
The cardinal spent a
page-and-a-half of his 13-page text addressing expected considerations
of Catholics who have been divorced and remarried without first
Last year’s Synod is known to have
discussed several proposals for changing the church’s pastoral practice
towards such persons, who are currently prohibited from receiving
Communion in the church. One option often referred to was a “penitential
path” that might see such persons work with priests and confessors on
an individual basis.
Erdő said a “merciful pastoral
accompaniment is due” to such persons, but that it cannot leave in doubt
“the truth of indissolubility of marriage, taught by Jesus Christ
“The mercy of God offers the sinner forgiveness, but requires conversion,” said the cardinal.
“It is not the failing of the first marriage but the living in a second relationship that impedes access to the Eucharist.”
Referencing Pope John Paul II’s 1981 apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio, Erdő said “integration of divorced and remarried persons in the life of the ecclesial community can be realized in various ways, apart from admission to the Eucharist.”
“In the search for pastoral
solutions for the difficulties of certain civilly divorced and remarried
persons, it is presently held that the fidelity to the indissolubility
of marriage cannot be joined to the practical recognizing of the
goodness of concrete situations that stand opposed and are therefore
incompatible,” said the cardinal.
“Indeed, between true and false, between good and evil, there is not a graduality,”
he continued. “Even if some forms of living together bring in
themselves certain positive aspects, this does not mean that they can be
presented as good things.”
Erdő said however that there should
be a distinguishing of the “objective truth of the moral good and the
subjective responsibility of the individual person."
The cardinal also spoke of the
church’s ministry to gay and lesbian persons, addressing the topic of
persons with “homosexual tendencies.”
“It is reiterated that every
persons should be respected in their dignity, independent of their
sexual tendency,” he said. “It is desirable that pastoral programs might
set aside a particular attention to the families in which persons with
homosexual tendencies live.”