Amid criticism, Cardinal Marx supports synod's midterm report

Vatican City, Oct 17, 2014 / 11:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Even though the Synod on the Family’s midterm relatio was widely criticized by the bishops’ small groups, Cardinal Reinhard Marx affirmed it only needs to be balanced, while speaking at Friday’s synod press briefing.

The Archbishop of Munich and Freising also noted the importance of the document’s openings regarding the Church’s praxis toward homosexual persons and the divorced and remarried.

“There are those who defend the image of a Church who do not want to lose anything (in terms of doctrine), while others are pushing for a different path. The will to find a common ground is needed, and we have it: we have listened to everyone,” the German cardinal said Oct. 17

On the other hand, he stressed that “the (final) document cannot include everything that has been said within the small working groups: it would lead to a huge document.”

In the small groups’ reports released Thursday at the end of four days of discussion, the synod fathers had strongly criticized the structure of the synod’s midterm report.

The reports asked that the synod focus more on the positive examples of Christian families; to rewrite the introduction and to more often refer to the Gospel of Family; and also that it adopt a more prudent approach concerning the issues of the divorced and remarried, and homosexuals, in order not to produce confusion among the faithful about Church teaching.

Cardinal Marx added that “the Church’s Magisterium is not a static collection of sentences, it is a development. Doctrine is in dialogue with pastoral care. Doctrine is evident, it does not depend on the signs of the times, but it can nevertheless be developed. We cannot change the Gospel. But we have not understood everything yet.”

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