And the Synod continues!
What is interesting is the context of the discussion and Pope Francis has clearly defined the direction that he wants the Synod to follow. and from the outset asks the question “ How can we propose with credibility the Good News on the Family?”
It’s the words “with credibility” that are significant.
For too long, the Fathers of the Church have pronounced on the moral issues of the day, but for many their solutions can seem remote from the experiences and expectations of ordinary people, trying to live out their lives on a day to day basis.
Early in Evangelii Gaudium, the Pope has emphasised that “ realities are greater than ideas" and in his homily opening the Synod, Pope Francis pointed out that that the Synod is not being held “ to see who is more intelligent”. He also asked the Bishops to speak boldly and without fear, to speak from their pastoral perspectives rather than academic studies.
The Holy Spirit is certainly speaking to the Synod and all we can pray is that they are listening, not simply to the “still small voice of God” but also to the agonies of those people who feel alienated from the Sacramental life of the Church, simply because mistakes were made in their life choices.
At the start of each session, the Synod is addressed by lay people who are presenting the Synod with some uncomfortable truths about family life to-day. Pray that they listen!
Just a thought!