Synod to focus on Christian teaching on family, says Cardinal

Focus on family

The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, says next year's synod on the family will  'bring together the Christian teaching and the analyses of the situation,' reports the Catholic News Agency.

'These go out in different parts of the world… there will be different strategies to confront that,' he added.

In an interview on October 9, Cardinal Pell also touched on the questions concerning the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus, a document written by John Paul II which outlines the role of the Roman Curia in the Church.

He said that despite recent comments from Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ that the document would not be changed, the council is still discussing the matter at length, uniting their efforts to find the best method to execute the reform.spoke on the theme of the upcoming synod, 'The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation.'

In relation to the family, he added: 'the family is a fundamental element in society, we speak of the family as the domestic church, its fundamental to the church, its fundamental to the life of society,' he stressed, 'The family weakens, society weakens.'

'We believe the Christian teaching on marriage is beautiful and life-giving, and it’s worked for two thousand years and we want to be able to put together new strategies to give people hope.'

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