Head of Vatican court says media is hijacking Synod agenda

Cardinal Burke

The head of the Church's highest court, Cardinal Raymond Burke, claims that next month's Synod on the Family has been hijacked by media sources fuelling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, reports CNA.

“I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this Synod,” said Cardinal Burke, Prefect for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura – the office which, among other things, handles annulment cases in the Church.

In particular, the media has been presenting Pope Francis as being in favour of allowing Holy Communion to be distributed to those who are divorced and remarried, and other such propositions, even though this is not the case, he said.

The danger, Cardinal Burke continued, is that “the media has created a situation in which people expect that there are going to be these major changes which would, in fact, constitute a change in Church teaching, which is impossible.”

“That’s why it’s very important for those who are in charge to be very clear,” he said.

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family, set to take place October 5-19, has become the centre of a debate over whether the Church ought to modify its pastoral practice to permit divorced and remarried persons to be readmitted to Holy Communion in cases where an annulment has not been obtained.

FULL STORY Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family (Catholic News Agency)

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