Warnings and fears ahead of Synod

01 October 2015 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said he does not expect the bishops at the Synod on the Family, starting tomorrow, to recommend that all remarried divorcees be allowed to receive Communion. In an interview on Austrian state radio, he said the synod was primarily concerned with the Church’s pastoral approach and would probably invite pastors to assess the situation of each remarried couple.While marriage “by its very essence is designed for faithfulness and permanence”, it was general knowledge that marriages often broke down, Schönborn said. There could be many elements of truth and holiness in irregular relationships including homosexual partnerships, he added. However, “the Bible states quite clearly that [these] are not part of the original plan of cr

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