Synod: Final Document (#Synod15 #Final Document)


In one of its first English language reports on the Synod, The Tablet states:

In a gathering lasting just three weeks, and with Synod Fathers in disagreement on key issues, it was unrealistic to expect a document that provides dramatic new developments in areas that reform-minded Catholics feel strongly about. It is fair to say, however, that the final document moves the Church in a more open and pastorally sensitive direction.

Another report appears in Bondings which states: (New Ways Ministry Blog on LGBT issues)

Even though this synod did not achieve a stronger statement of LGBT acceptance, the movement for a more inclusive and equal Church for LGBT members can take hope from this meeting because the discussion has moved forward and we’ve heard that a large number of bishops see the need for this discussion to continue into the future.

It would appear that the Synod has done a reasonable job of capturing the many and diverse flavors of Catholicism across te planet, and has left the door open for future growth and development in bringing the Good News to all.

Finally, we hear these words from Pope Francis in his message at the closing session:

The Synod experience also made us better realize that the true defenders of doctrine are not those who uphold its letter, but its spirit; not ideas but people; not formulae but the gratuitousness of God’s love and forgiveness. This is in no way to detract from the importance of formulae, laws and divine commandments, but raather to exalt the greatness of the true God, who does not treat us according to our merits or even according to our works but solely according to the boundless generosity of his Mercy (cf. Rom 3:21-30; Ps 129; Lk 11:37-54).

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