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Relatio Synodi - paragraphs on communion for divorced and homosexuals - in English


CFN Note: Here is an
unofficial translation of the Relatio Synodi, the final document of October 18.

Two weeks and all the preparations and months of agony and confusion for this? What a waste, but typical of the post-Conciliar regime.

The section on Communion for divorced and remarriage solves nothing, and reads like a sociological study: "Some say this, others say that, some think this, others recommend that," etc. They simply kicked the can down the road. By no means is this fight over.

As for the section on homosexuality, which created the tsunami of scandal this week, the best we can call it is "weak tea," as we expected. The unqualified call for no "unjust discrimination" against homosexuals* plays into the hands of the homosexual agenda, but this line is from the 2003 Vatican document under Cardinal Ratzinger, which has done virtually nothing to stem the tide of this widespread vice.

Granted, the new
Relatio is not as openly horrid as the October 13 document, but it is significant in what it fails to say (such as any use of the word "s-i-n" in the section on homosexuality) . More later

- J Vennari

Relatio Synodi - paragraphs on communion for divorced and homosexuals - in English

52. The possibility for the divorced and remarried to accede to the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist was considered. Several Synod Fathers insisted in favor of the current discipline, in consideration of the constitutive relationship between participation in the Eucharist and communion with the Church and her teaching on indissoluble marriage. Others expressed themselves in favor of a non-generalized welcoming to the eucharistic table, in certain particular situations and in very specific circumstances, especially in cases that are irreversible and linked to moral obligations towards children who would be subjected to unjust suffering. The eventual access to the sacraments should be preceded by a penitential path under the responsibility of the diocesan Bishop. The matter should still be deepened, taking into consideration the distinction between an objective situation of sin and attenuating circumstances, considering that the "Imputability and responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified" by several "psychological or social factors." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1735)

53. Some Fathers maintained that divorced and remarried persons can fruitfully accede to spiritual communion. Other Fathers asked why they cannot accede now to the sacramental one. A deepening of this question is hereby demanded so as to make clear the particularity of both forms and their connection with the theology of matrimony.

Pastoral attention for persons with homosexual orientation

55. Some families live the experience of having within them persons with a homosexual orientation. Regarding this, it was asked what pastoral attention is suitable concerning this situation, with reference to what the Church teaches: "There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God's plan for marriage and family." Nevertheless, men and women with homosexual tendencies must be welcomed with respect and gentleness. "Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,
Considerations regarding proposals to give legal recognition to unions between homosexual persons, 4)

56. It is absolutely unacceptable that the Pastors of the Church suffer pressure in this matter and that international organizations condition financial aid to poor Nations to the introduction of laws that establish "marriage" between persons of the same sex.

Acknowledgement to
Rorate Caeli for English translation

* Granted the section uses the term "homosexual tendencies," which strictly speaking is not a sin. Most people, however, will not catch this distinction. Further, on the heels of the unprecedented, scandalous October 13 document that invited homosexuals to "accepting and valuing their sexual orientation, without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony" whatever that means, the final document demanded a clearer and more forceful statement. Hardly any of us expected such a forceful statement, since the corruption within today's hierarchy guarantees that this problem will be with us for quite some time. More on this in the upcoming print version of Catholic Family News.


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