No doctrinal change at Synod: Cardinals

Synod in October

Cardinals George Pell and Péter Erdő have suggested that no change will result from the Synod of Bishops on the Family, either on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Crux Now and Yahoo News report.

Cardinal Erdő, who was the relator at last October's Synod and will play the same role this year, said that talk of revisions on those fronts is the result of "a pressure with no foundation to change Church teaching," Crux Now says.

Speaking to reporters in Rome, he said that the tough questions surrounding the family are being confronted "with love and sensibility," but also with "responsibility toward the unity of the Church."

Cardinal Erdő called the synod a place for an honest discussion over the difficulties families face, and said that legal and theological efforts are being made to find answers.

He warned, however, that "all the possible solutions will be rooted in the faith."

"We need to reason with a great sense of tradition, and a great sensibility toward the possibilities that are within the theological and institutional heritage," the Cardinal said, adding that the theological foundations for the family and marriage are clear and "regarded as such" by Pope Francis.

Questioned about "the gap between teaching and practice," specifically on the Church's ban on artificial contraception and access to Communion for the divorced and the remarried, Cardinal Erdő said it's nothing new, and has already been addressed by Popes Paul VI and John Paul II.

"These pastoral problems exist, and they deserve a very delicate attention," he said, insisting that a bishop's work must be rooted in Church teaching and without disregarding the work done in the past.

On Saturday, Cardinal George Pell told a gathering of anti-abortion activists in Rome for an annual March for Life that he believed the October Synod "will massively endorse the tradition" of the Church, Yahoo News adds.

"I don't anticipate any deviation from that at all," Pell told the few hundred people gathered in a Vatican audience hall.


Key cardinal at the family synod: Nothing's going to change (Crux Now)

Vatican cardinal sees no change in family teachings at synod (Yahoo News)

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