He added it was “strange that there was so little in the document on scriptural teaching and magisterial teaching on marriage, sexuality, family.”
The relatio is being discussed and revised by the Synod Fathers and will be presented to the Pope on Saturday.
Cardinal Pell explained: “The task now is to reassure good practising Catholics that doctrinal changes are not possible; to urge people to take a deep breath, pause and to work to prevent deeper divisions and radicalising of factions.”
He pointed out Jesus’ teaching on marriage and divorce is a fundamental, which needs to be accepted. He added that children “have a right to a mother and a father”.