As we watch the Synod, amid much controversy of the Church's stance on the divorced and remarried receiving the Eucharist, the attitude toward homosexuality, and whether to make room for the advancement of the role of women in the Church, there are numerous signs of hope for Church Reform.
What can you do while the Synod is in session?
Sign this petition joining with other international reform organizations who have sent anAppeal outlining the fundamental problems experienced by Catholic families throughout the world:
- The social and economic problems of the family should be widely discussed by the Synod, particularly those affecting the most vulnerable, children and women.
- Regarding the divorced and remarried and their admission to the Eucharist, the practice of the early Church should be adopted, as it is done in the Orthodox Church.
- Concerning the Motu Proprio (Apostolic letter) of Pope Francis on the canonical process of nullity of marriage we agree with and welcome the simplification of the procedure, but question the concept of annulment as such.
- Homosexual individuals and same-sex couples should be considered as full members of the Church with every right and every duty.
- 'Humanae Vitae' has not been accepted by the majority of the People of God; couples following their conscience must be respected.
- The Synod should send a clear and public message of repentance to the survivors of clerical sex abuse and their families.
- However much we hope for solutions to these many problems from the presently constituted Synod, we assert that a major flaw of the synod is its clericalized nature and especially the non-representation of the many Catholic family forms we experience in our contemporary world.
Pope Francis asks the bishops to remain open to movement of Spirit
In his opening remarks, Pope Francis asks the Bishops to remain open minded as he reminds them that the Synod is a place where "the Spirit speaks by means of every person's tongue, who lets himself be guided by the God who always surprises, the God who reveals himself to little ones, who hides from the knowing and intelligent; the God who created the law and the Sabbath for man and not vice versa; by the God, who leaves the 99 sheep to look for the one lost sheep; the God who is always greater than our logic and our calculations."