The final report (Relatio Synodi) of the Synod on the Family which was held in Rome October 5th to 19th has finally been released in English.
Each paragraph of the report was voted on by the Bishops at the Synod. A majority of 2/3 in favour of the paragraph is required for it to remain in the final published copy. However, this time, three paragraphs failed to reach the 2/3 majority and yet they are still included in the final document. These paragraphs relate to homosexuality and Holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried.
The three paragraphs are:
- #52 on access to the sacraments for those divorced and civilly remarried. 104 Synod Fathers voted for this paragraph while 74 rejected it.
- #53 on Spiritual Communion versus sacramental communion. 112 Synod Fathers voted for and 64 against this paragraph.
- #55 on the pastoral attention for people who have a tendency towards homosexuality. 118 Synod Fathers voted in favour of this paragraph while 62 did not.
It is surprising how long it has taken for the final report to be published in English considering the controversial mid-term report was released in five languages at the same time.
A portal web page is available on Family Life International NZ’s website with links to important Synod documents and relevant Church teaching on marriage and family. Also available are some of the more memorable video interviews with prelates such as Cardinal Pell and Burke.