Pope intervenes to remind synod of guiding principles

08 October 2015 | by Christopher Lamb
Tensions at the synod on the family emerged during the first week of discussions leading to an unexpected intervention from Pope Francis on Tuesday. The Pope spoke to reassure bishops that Church teaching on marriage was not being called into question, that the synod was not simply focused on the question of communion for divorced and remarried and defended the new methodology of the synod.  The day before, Francis had encouraged synod fathers to be open to the God “who always surprises us” and that the synod was a “protected space” for discussion. Discussions had opened at the gathering with a contribution from Cardinal Peter Erdo, the synod’s relator, that was a strong defence of traditional church teaching. It also sought to close off the option of co

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