CDF prefect says family synod faces challenges

The Church’s doctrinal chief says the synod on the family faces a challenge in helping people in difficult situations while staying true to Jesus’ teaching.

In a recent interview, Cardinal Gerhard Muller said the synod in October will need to deal with “the challenge of finding pastoral solutions to ensure a stronger integration of people in difficult situations into the community”.

But this must be done “without reducing the word of Jesus and the teaching of the Church”, he said.

“We must help people, including Catholics, to gain a renewed understanding of the meaning of marriage and publicly committing oneself to another person,” he added.

“There needs to be a review of the preparation and guidance processes for marriage.”

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