A Church ill at ease with itself

03 July 2014 | by Clifford Longley

The key working document, or instrumentum laboris, that bishops will use at their synod in Rome this October was published last week. Close analysis reveals an institution for which marriage, sex and the family remain problematic, suffering a huge gap between theory and practice If I were a bishop, I would by now be profoundly depressed. I would have been hoping for some glimpse of light concerning a series of exceedingly difficult questions that are crucial to the Catholic Church’s entire well-being. These refer to the vast gulf that by all accounts has opened up between Catholic theory and Catholic practice regarding marriage, sexuality and family life.It is a gap that Pope Francis clearly hoped could be narrowed when he convened not one but two meetings of the synod of bishops,

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