Patriarch Twal: "The Synod unites us"

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Patriarch Twal: "The Synod unites us"

By Deborah Castellano Lubov/ Zenit.org

Patriarch Fouad Twal says the Synod has not been a series of "for's" and "against's" for issues, as it is too complex, but rather a collegial path in which everyone is working to best serve the family.

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem expressed this on October 19 during Synod briefing. He was speaking along with Italian Archbishop Enrico Solmi, Australian Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office. Fr. Lombardi informed the press present that the report will not be released until Wednesday, given that discussions are underway as delegates are meeting in small groups today and tomorrow.

Archbishop Solmi, who lightheartedly began by saying, "I am the Archbishop of Parma, the Bishop of Parmesan cheese and prosciutto, but not only!," said the Synod has been a place of authentic listening and speaking frankly. He also spoke about the need to accompany faithful, to be able to walk side-by-side and discern.

Patriarch Twal reiterated that we all come from different contexts and therefore, the challenges are not the same. It's normal, he suggested, that we are not all in agreement on everything. Even if that's the case, he said, in this Synod, we agree about certain things, namely "Mercy without forgetting the doctrine," and that, "We are all for the family."

The Patriarch also noted how the Synod beautifully displays collegiality, saying the Synod unites us. He noted how in his circle, they not only considered problems regarding those divorced and remarried, but also immigrant families and victims of violence.

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 22:06
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