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The progressive Pope’s liberal views have been dealt a savage blow today by the Catholic Bishops who have withheld their support for one of his primary policy desires and dashed hopes of progress on another.  

Pope Francis has been lobbying hard to give divorcees who have remarried the right to take holy communion and seeking support for homosexual language in the Church.  It shows how tough it is going to be to get the Church to change.  Do you think Pope Francis’ progressive views should have more support? 

Catholic Church law forbids divorced Catholics who remarry without an annulment of their first, sacramental marriage to receive Communion unless they abstain from sexual relations in their second unions. Otherwise, the church considers them adulterers.

The Bishops met in what is called a “Synod” about family issues in the Church, having debated the merits of the change of policy significantly throughout the year.  And the report, released today disappoints many of the Church’s most progressive.

“The final report of a bishops’ meeting on the family, called a synod, omitted any mention of the Communion question, the most fiercely debated topic during five weeks of discussion over the course of a year. Instead, the document called for greater integration of divorced-and-remarried Catholics in the church while ‘avoiding every occasion of scandal,’ suggesting that such Catholics might be allowed to play a larger role in worship, education and other church activities. Divorced-and-remarried Catholics currently face restrictions on a range of activities, including serving as godparents and performing special roles at Mass.” The Wall Street Journal reported.

Whilst the Pope retains unilateral rights to overrule the Synod recommendations, however he would have to do so without a clear demonstration of support which would be unlikely most believe.

Pope Francis went on to speak after the presentation of the report with both hope and irritation, according to the press report, complaining of “conspiracy theories and blinkered viewpoints” and “closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the church’s teachings, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families.”

A statement from Australian Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s finance chief and a leader of conservatives at the synod, said he was “very pleased” with the report, which he said contained “no doctrinal developments, no doctrinal surprises, no doctrinal backflips.”

The synod also discussed the possibility of more sensitive language toward gay Catholics, reported The Australian nbut it appears there are significantly opposing fronts in the Church that cannot at this time be bridged.

“What Nazi-fascism and communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today,” said Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea who opposes homosexual inclusion.

The document defends the dignity of such persons against “unjust discrimination” but also quotes an earlier Vatican document stating that “there are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family.”

Homosexuality is still “too delicate a subject” for bishops in certain countries, Cardinal Schönborn said.

Do you think the Church needs to embrace these two big issues of including divorcees, and gays to make itself more attractive in the next generation or should it stick to the policies that it has evolved with today? Do you think Catholicism is losing touch?  


Rebecca Wilson

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  1. catholicism should be abolished im a recovering catholic

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    • I’ve heard that get the kid when he starts school and brain wash them ! The kids next door many years ago were told at school that god would punish them if they’re naughty 🙁

    • yes those old nuns have a lot to answer for many of them in retrospect wer. both here and in australia paedophile priests hide in country areas 6 have been prosecuted in Victoria of recent years and are responsible for some of their victims taking their own livese deeply disturbed even mentally ill and were very unsafe around children

  2. Like Turnbull the Pope is just a figurehead, Turnbull is weak and cannot govern in his own right because he is outvoted by the conservatives and it seems it is the same with the Pope

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    • I am not a Catholic either Victoria and I think it is odd that it was the Romans who crucified Jesus Christ and now they are the head of the Church, but this Pope seems to be a decent man but I doubt the Church Hierarchy will let him change much

    • Libbi Elliot it was the Jews who demanded the crucifixion not the Romans, the church was later established in Rome which was once the power seat. The early church established the doctrines and dogmas some have been in place for centuries and the Pope can change aspects of doctrine and has jurisdiction over many areas of the church but cannot change the dogmas which are the main established truths upon which the church is based. Unfortunately much of the reporting has been full of error and misinterpretation so chances of hearing what actually transpired or has been said are slim, even catholics having trouble with this as many reports are directly conflicting.

    • Alan Millichamp People at relived Turnbull is not Abbot and Linda Reynolds personally I think it is all a load of crap 🙂 and the Jews could not have forced The Romans to nail him to that cross, the Romans were in charge not the Jews, Jesus was a Jew

  3. Not many catholics take any notice of the church ruling on divorce.. the bishops should take notice of Pope Francis and modernise with the times..

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  4. Catholic priests. Huh who are they to judge anyone. Pedophiles and drunkards.

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    • Come off it! While there were some rotten priests, there are so many good, genuine, Godloving priests. Be fair.

    • Delmae that’s a very narrow minded view.
      I am Catholic and I abhor what has happened, so so the majority if priests.
      Just because of a a few you Label them all bad.
      Yes Christine she would think all Muslims are terrorists. Narrow minded people.

    • Christine and Anne. I am assuming you are Catholic. How dare you judge. If I meant ALL priests I would have said all. Some of my best friends are Muslims.

  5. This is a great pope….the Catholic Church should listen to him. I am not a Catholic but I can relate to this man

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  6. I don’t think he has a hope in hell. Too many conservative Bishops. They are slowing losing congregations in Australia. My best friend is a catholic and goes to church every Sunday. She said she can see the congregations getting smaller.

  7. The Pope knows damn well that he can appear so progressive and hip, in the reality that he can be over ruled. He looks like a hero!

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