Final Report of Synod – English translation

The final document of the Synod of Bishops on the family has, at last, been translated into English and posted to the Vatican’s website.
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  1. Michael Maginn says:

    (for C)
    Michael Maginn
    Not by her own choosing
    My friend is married outside the Church
    Her abusive marriage of twenty years still stands.
    Leaving her in the lurch.
    Ministering to the Body of Christ
    During her working week,
    But never on a Sunday,
    Teaching hard as teak.
    Denied access,
    Christ’s body out of reach
    Until she returns to her hospital ward,
    Is what we hold and teach.
    Cleaning, gently tending
    The Body of Christ once more,
    But not receiving it into her own,
    Pains her to the core.
    How can this be right?
    People in a second marriage, entered into outside the Church, are technically denied access to the Body of Christ in Holy Communion. Some had hoped that the recent Synod on the Family, convened by Pope Francis (October 2014), might sanction a more pastoral application of Canon Law in these difficult and sensitive areas of Church life. The Mid-Synod Summary Report raised hopes. Now we wait and pray.

  2. Thanks Pol,
    Pat Storey sounds like a breath of fresh air, a chink of light into dusty, cob-webbed institutions, theological tomes, age old doctrines and teachings all of it based on male thought, psychology, spirituality, and all of it fast becoming irrelevant and obsolete, in people’s lives.

  3. Eddie Finnegan says:

    If you say so, again and again, Nuala!
    But don’t be so sure that Bishop Pat Storey would readily agree with your total rubbishing of all that has gone before. Repeated trashing of those “age-old” male institutions, “theological tomes” etc etc etc, is itself fast becoming cobwebby, irrelevant, obsolete, all of it based on dusty, tired, clichéd faux-feminist (lack of) thought. For God’s sake, give us poor males an occasional break!

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