2014-10-24 09:12:00

Cardinal Oswald Gracias on Synod on the family

The 3rd Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, took place here in the Vatican, ‎Oct. ‎‎5 ‎to 19, on the theme, “‎Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”.  Half-‎way through the 2-week meeting, the synod on Oct. 13, came out with a mid-term ‎report called the ‎‎‘Relatio post disceptationem‎, or ‘report after discussions’, summarizing the ‎first 5 days of the synod.  ‎It was the first time that a synod report was ‎released to the public.  And soon news reports spread like ‎wild fire that the Synod of Bishops in unexpected conciliatory language has called for greater ‎acceptance and appreciation of ‎divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and ‎homosexuals.  The twist given to the some of the texts of the Relatio, caused surprise, alarm and ‎disappointment among many a synod father.   However, at midday on Oct.18, the last working day of ‎the synod, a press briefing was held in the Vatican before that day’s voting on the revised final synod ‎report.  Holy See’s spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, presented to reporters three synod fathers: ‎Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Brazilian Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis and Italian Cardinal ‎Gianfranco Ravasi.   All the three cardinals first expressed their views on the synod on the family, ‎including Cardinal Gracias.‎  Listen: 


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