11 September 2014, The Tablet

A straightforward discussion of these very different perspectives on pastoral care is needed’

Preparing for the Synod – II

Bishop Bonny writes with great passion and deep concern. He speaks very directly out of his pastoral experience, arguing that there needs to be real collegial discussion of the controversial issues relating to marriage and sexuality.He illustrates his thinking with concrete examples of some of the many complex pastoral situations he has encountered in his ministry. These have clearly touched him deeply. In his original article, Bishop Bonny quotes Pope Francis at length, and sees his hopes and aspirations for the synod reflect the spirit of the Pope’s teaching.On the question of Communion for the divorced and remarried, the bishop’s observations took me back to when the synod last discussed the family, in 1980. I was teaching moral theology at Oscott and the possibility of a d
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