Heading To The Synod, Already Deficient

adoptstampOctober’s Synod’s preliminary document, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization is up. This is the working document the bishops and other participants will draw from as they discuss the interplay between families, faith, and the all-important topic of evangelization.

I can promise you I won’t be reading it this month. I have three chapters to read for homework tonight and a paper due next Tuesday I need to begin formulating.

I reviewed the table of contents for any mention of liturgy or prayer. I also utilized the marvelous function of ctrl-F to find there is a good bit on prayer in this document. Look for my commentary the week of July 6th, perhaps.

“Adoption” is mentioned twice, but only in connection with same-sex couples. I would have hoped that the plight of children lacking families would not be a tug-o-war point in the culturewar. But there you have it.

Given the half-million children in foster care in this country, and millions more without parents around the world–refugees, the abused, the abandoned, orphans–this document already has a grave moral deficiency to overcome, in my view.

Children, it must be stated, are not rewards for the wealthy, the well-connected, or the technologically savvy. Nor are children the “cure” for childlessness. That a document like this would include no mention of the need of those without parents to have a family is very nearly a dealbreaker in terms of the moral credibility of this document for me. The synod will be limited. Unless some genius there brings up the matter and can explain it in simple language others can understand.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to Heading To The Synod, Already Deficient

  1. “‘Adoption’ is mentioned twice, but only in connection with same-sex couples.”

    As someone who grew up with adopted children of family and friends, including my favorite cousin, this is a deficiency.

  2. Jen says:

    “They’re simply unaware.” I wonder how long they can hold this position. It’s embarrassing.

    • Liam says:

      Oh, they can hold that position for many generations. More than you’d think likely. It’s not a North American culture. It’s an Italian culture, which shares with *many* (way many) other cultures of the world a valorization of the idea that if you don’t talk about something, it doesn’t exist. (Actually, North Americans are fully capable of this, too, but just tend to apply the technique to different things. The Civil War was fought because Southerners objected to Northerners violating this norm about slavery – J Q Adams’ fight against the Gag Rule in the House of Representatives was perhaps the greatest demonstration of this dynamic in our nation’s political history.)

  3. Todd says:

    I agree with Liam. But unlike ages past, their doggedness in holding to some positions will be viewed as immoral, stuck-in-the-mud, or such, and will have an impact in some way on the Church, its evangelical mission, and its ability to hold the attention of people and urge their obedience. They’ve already paid the price–in the millions.

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