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Synod, the New Reference Point
Various statements published recently by Vatican media show more clearly how the Synod is the organism directing all the Church‘s work in what concerns the family

"Both in Jesus‘ time and today the Church is often found, offering different elements of her content, of her faith, in the same situation in which Saint Paul found himself on the Areopagus in Athens, when he had to preach an unknown God. Today, as always, the Church is on the Areopagus. Now, the attraction is not an argument to follow or the abandonment of certain beliefs and the faith of the Church, but the faith as such is the faith and it is proposed even in places where someone does not feel the attraction." This was said a few days ago by Msgr. Tomo Vuksic, Military Ordinary of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in an interview for Vatican Radio. In this interview, he asked the Synod to announce everlasting love, marriage and its indissolubility to all, on the path of truth and not that of popularity.
The radio channel of the Holy See has also presented the statements of three relators of the small groups of the Synod, Archbishops Laurent Ulrich, Salvador Piñeiro García Calderón and Joseph Chaput. The latter, in particular, actively involved in Philadelphia during the recent World Meeting of Families, said that "with respect to the Synod, it is important to continue considering the concerns of not just one single country. There needs to be dialogue between the universal and the local Church, because it is not appropriate for the Episcopal Conferences to make doctrinal decisions. We are not here to win a victory; we are here to reach the truth that the Lord has established for his Church."
The characteristics of the new matrimonial process, on the other hand, were spoken about in another of the Vatican‘s media entities, L‘Osservatore Romano, which published an interview with the Dean of the Roman Rota, Pio Vito Pinto, on the two papal documents that will become effective on December 8th, in direct connection with the last Synods on the Family. In fact, says the Dean, "the two Motu Proprio are the result of the synodal path and an authentic expression of episcopal collegiality. As you know, there was indeed a very broad consultation at the first of the two synodal assemblies. Consequently, the documents are the result of extensive collegial experience, which appeared in the responses to the questionnaires sent to all the Episcopal Conferences. They revealed a very large convergence on the need to streamline and simplify the matrimonial processes."

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