This week the Vatican released a working paper that will serve as an initial reference point for discussion of the current challenges facing families at the October Synod of Bishops. The official topic for the Synod is: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. The 85 page working paper summarizes input from bishops, clergy, parishes, movements, families, specialists and academic institutions, both Catholic and non-Catholic.
The preface of the paper declares that: “The family is an inexhaustible resource and font of life in the Church’s pastoral activity.” The task of the Church is to “proclaim the beauty of the vocation of love which holds great potential for society and the Church.” In a nod to the messy and imperfect nature of much of modern family life, the preface recalls an observation of Pope Francis: “the Lord never tires of forgiving: never! It is we who tire of asking his forgiveness.” Future MCC Summer Updates will offer more discussion of this working paper and the upcoming synod.
Posted: June 27, 2014