Cardinal Gerhard Müller Reflects on the Synod on the Family

Cardinal Gerhard Müller Reflects on the Synod on the Family

Participates in Round Table Discussion on Two Week Meeting at Regina Apostolorum

Rome, October 22, 2014 Massimo Nardi

The first phase of the Synod has ended and now its the time for Post-Synodal reflections, to which is entrusted the task of translating, in the living fabric of the community of the faithful, the many issues that arose during the two week meeting.

A testimony of the fruitfulness of ideas that emerged at the Synod was given in the course of the round table discussion: “The Hope of the Family – The Synod and Beyond,” held on October 21, 2014 at the European University of Rome (UER), in the within the meetings organized by the “John Paul II Cultural Circles.”

The round table discussion was introduced by Antonio Gaspari, Editor-in-Chief of ZENIT News Agency, who, after the open greeting, presented the panel: Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Bishop Luigi Negri, President of the John Paul II International Foundation for the Magisterium of the Church; Monsignor Livio Melina, President of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family, and Costanza Miriano, journalist and writer.

Gaspari explained that the framework of the conference is Cardinal Müller’s book entitled “The Hope of the Family,” published by Ares Editions. The conference was also an opportunity to clear the misunderstandings and provocations that surrounded the work of the Synod.

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This is good stuff. I wish we able to view this on TV.

“Cardinal Müller”, he continued, “argues the inalienable bond between truth and practice. Doctrine would become abstract and practice arbitrary if the Church did ‘end of the season discounts,’”. Mercy cannot be an instrument to resolve contingent difficulties: parents are concerned with educating, even if at times they are constrained to say things that seem, at times, disagreeable to the children.

John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family…these guys need to be at next years Synod.

Thanks for finding these articles and posting links McCall.

Yes, thanks McCall1981

“The crisis of our time coincides with the crisis of the family, which expresses the crisis of modern man…"

Is there in fact a crisis of the family?
If nothing is broken, why is the Church talking about it?

And if, or since, it is broken, falling apart or in need of resuscitation, surely we need to take a long hard look at how we got here in the first place.

…speaking of which, Rest in Peace Gough Whitlam.

“In the Sacrament of Matrimony the Christian faithful, man and woman celebrate, with the Church, faith in the love of God present and operating in them as members of the Church and collaborators of God ** for the multiplication of humanity **and of the Church of salvation.”

Gay union could never be marriage no matter what they want to call it. There is never multiplication of humanity. No one can deny that. It is indeed a disorder.

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