One of the ten prelates responsible for drafting the final document from the Synod has said that while it may not give solutions to all the questions discussed, it will give good direction for future decisions, reports NCR Online.
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias said the document “will not have all the answers, but it will have a direction.”
“The questions will be clear,” said Cardinal Gracias, speaking at a press briefing Thursday. “The answers will not be so clear.”
The Indian archbishop is helping draft the final document for the Synod, which has seen some 270 prelates discuss a wide range of issues facing families and the church.
Among controversial topics known to be under discussion are the church’s stance towards gay people and its practice prohibiting divorced and remarried people from taking Communion.
In answer to a question at the briefing about Pope John Paul II’s enunciation of that prohibition in his 1981 encyclical Familiaris Consortio, Cardinal Gracias said the former pontiff also spoke about how different people face different circumstances “and not to put everybody on the same bus.”
Giving an example of a divorce where one of the partners has left the other unjustly, the cardinal said: “You can’t treat the two in the same manner.” The question, he said, is determining how to treat the two in appropriate ways.
“I think we’re still on the path of searching, the whole Synod,” said the cardinal. “What’s marvellous for me is that there were so many diverse opinions.”
“I don’t think that we have seen the solutions,” he said. “But at least we have begun to speak about the problem and begun to say that this has got to be tackled and this has got to be studied.”
“As we deepen our understanding, I’m sure well find a way forward,” said Cardinal Gracias.