Synod on the Family 51: Divorced and Remarried

window from insideRead the full synod document here. The bishops finally get to the matter that gained the most attraction before, during, and perhaps still after the synod. What to do with so many Christians who have remarried after a divorce?

51. Likewise, those who are divorced and remarried require careful discernment and an accompaniment of great respect. Language or behavior which might make them feel an object of discrimination should be avoided, all the while encouraging them to participate in the life of the community. The Christian community’s care of such persons is not to be considered a weakening of its faith and testimony to the indissolubility of marriage, but, precisely in this way, the community is seen to express its charity.

Certain language should be avoided: I guess that means some of us should reconsider bandying about that term, “adulterer.” It doesn’t really apply. Disagree? You go against the 155 bishops who said yes to this careful language. You align with 19 who disagreed. Nine bishops went silent, giving neither yea nor nay.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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