US Cardinal Tim Dolan is concerned that the Pope's forthcoming document on the family will focus on marriage and not divorce. "The most urgent mandate for the Church is to reclaim the nobility of the sacrament of marriage."
Four days ahead of the release of Pope Francis’ keenly anticipated document on the family, in which he’s expected to address the hotly debated question of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Cardinal Dolan is urging the Catholic world to keep its eyes on the prize.
“When you have a Church that says that family is actually the reflection of the life of the Holy Trinity, when you have a Church that says that the love expressed between a man and a woman in marriage is a reflection of God’s passion and eternal life, that’s magic,” he said, but “most people don’t hear that, most people don’t believe that.”
In fact, Cardinal Dolan suggested that from a pastoral point of view, too much attention has been devoted to the Communion debate, since those Catholics who are divorced and remarried, who are still coming to Mass, and who faithfully observe the Church’s rules, represent a “distinct minority.”
“Believe me, I wish I got thousands of people at the door of the Church shouting, ‘We want Holy Communion! We want back into the Church!'” he said. “I wish they were doing that, but they’re not.
“I don’t hear this as an urgent pastoral problem,” he said.
Cardinal Dolan was in Rome on Monday for meetings with various Vatican officials, ahead of a trip to Iraqi Kurdistan on behalf of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, to express solidarity with persecuted Christians.