Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The family, the Church & preparing for III Extradorinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

This is a must read as the episcopate throughout the world prepares to discuss and discern.

Here's an excerpt:
Concerns which were unheard of until a few years ago have arisen today as a result of different situations, from the widespread practice of cohabitation, which does not lead to marriage, and sometimes even excludes the idea of it, to same-sex unions between persons, who are, not infrequently, permitted to adopt children. The many new situations requiring the Church's attention and pastoral care include: mixed or inter-religious marriages; the single-parent family; polygamy; marriages with the consequent problem of a dowry, sometimes understood as the purchase price of the woman; the caste system; a culture of non-commitment and a presumption that the marriage bond can be temporary; forms of feminism hostile to the Church; migration and the reformulation of the very concept of the family; relativist pluralism in the conception of marriage; the influence of the media on popular culture in its understanding of marriage and family life; underlying trends of thought in legislative proposals which devalue the idea of permanence and faithfulness in the marriage covenant; an increase in the practice of surrogate motherhood (wombs for hire); and new interpretations of what is considered a human right. Within the Church, faith in the sacramentality of marriage and the healing power of the Sacrament of Penance show signs of weakness or total abandonment. 
 Any questions, based on this, the second paragraph, where the pope stands on the issues? Yet, he goes on to teach and prepare with love and acceptance of all. Holding out his arms and exhorting them to come home; bringing his bishops together to address just how to find those lost sheep.

It starts with the family -- protecting and preserving and empowering the family, the soul of society.

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