01 October 2015, The Tablet

Breaking rules, finding grace

Most of the voices heard at the Synod will be male. These personal stories of faithful women wrestling with the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family show how much is being missed Crossing the line Clare WatkinsMothers know that children need to be taught – about manners, sharing and self-control. But the “lessons” are first of unconditional love and total care, and subsequently of enabling independence, mutual respect, and the loving of one who has grown away, grown different, from ourselves. So I wonder why we persistently hear the teaching of our mother Church as the handing down of rules. As our children learn, quite properly, to become “other” to their parents and siblings, there can be painful challenges, acutely represented in those commo
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