Vatican road map for fall meeting on families features roadblocks, too

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Left to right, Cardinal Peter Erdo, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Federico Lombardi (Vatican chief spokesman) and Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, speak about family issues at the Vatican on Tuesday (June 23, 2015). Religion News Service photo by Rosie Scammell

Left to right, Cardinal Peter Erdo, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Federico Lombardi (Vatican chief spokesman) and Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, speak about family issues at the Vatican on Tuesday (June 23, 2015). Religion News Service photo by Rosie Scammell

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Vatican officials on Tuesday released a document on family values -- a precursor to a major meeting in October -- that underscores the ongoing tension between Pope Francis' desire for a more "welcoming" church and the need to hew to long-standing tradition and doctrine.

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  • JR

    The Church, in response to current necessity, seems to be ready to further define the family, its social importance, and the secular attacks that now face it. There will be no new doctrine, but answers to the new moral dilemmas the world faces. Perhaps the receiving of Communion by the divorced/remarried will be permitted after a penitential time and a true Confession, but nothing alarmingly radical will come out of the Synod since the laws will remain intact….just explained anew to this generation.

  • bqrq

    “……Gay people are to be “respected in dignity and received with sensitivity and delicacy,” the document says, and priests are asked to support those with gay family members. But the Vatican leaves no room to welcome same-sex couples into the church……”

    The Vatican also leaves no room to welcome those who openly practice and advocate adultery into the Church (its bad for families).

    Same-sex couples are primarily interested in promoting gay sex. The Church has a moral obligation to protect children and young people from being influenced and manipulated by same-sex couples

  • Greg1

    Yes, that is how the Orthodox approach divorce and remarriage. The annulment process is a little more thorough, but typically, marriages that fail had an issue from the outset, and were never true marriages to begin with.

  • Betty Clermont

    “Economic inequality” Yet every financial institution close to the Vatican as adviser or partner, and every man chosen as adviser or watchdog, favor evading regulations, cheating consumers and empowering the plutocracy.
    “Families” but only as defined by the Church, barred from determining the number of children they can feed and educate and obstructed in finding affordable healthcare.

  • P. S. John

    I think that there is a deep disconnect between our sacred and secular lives in general. It is bound to affect the family life. A genuine spiritual life combining the sacred and the secular elements of our daily life would have a deep impact on family life. All problems in family life will take a new shape in such a case!
    John P. S.

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