The Roman Catholic Church’s Synod of Bishops released a mid-term report this morning signaling a potential shift in the Church’s pastoral response to several issues, including remarried divorced persons and homosexuals. Cardinal Péter Erdő, General Rapporteur of the Assembly, in speaking of Jesus; said; “the Truth, became incarnate in human fragility not to condemn it, but to heal it”
“In the mid-term report the Synod Fathers speak of how it’s the task of the Church to recognize those seeds of the Word that have spread beyond its visible and sacramental boundaries. They appeal to the “law of graduality,” as a reflection of the way God reached out to humanity and led His people forward step by step.
The need was noted for further reflection on whether sacramental fullness doesn’t exclude the possibility of recognizing positive elements even in imperfect forms.”
And in a later press conference, Cardinal Erdő stressed that the mid-term report was a “working document” for Synod discussions. Cardinal Tagle of the Phillipines also said important work still needs to be done in the Synod.
“The Synod participants are being asked to see what needs to be deepened. What needs to be clarified? What other things should be raised, which we have not yet raised,” said Cardinal Tagle.
“So the drama continues,” he said.
The Huffington Post calls the report an “earthquake in the church’s attitude towards gays”
The full text of the report can be found here