Synod report calls for a compromise of the heart, not a compromise of faith
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Synod report calls for a compromise of the heart, not a compromise of faith


The fallout from the Synod on Family Life's mid-term report has been palpable over the last twenty four hours or so.  Some see it as a shift towards a more liberal Church and this has caused some gay rights groups to welcome the report.  This, in turn, has led to some people within the Catholic Church bemoaning the softer tone coming out of the gathering of some 200 bishops, and leaping to the defence of Church doctrine which has, and will thankfully continue to last, thousands of years.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment out of all of this is not so much the naïve reporting from the mainstream media; that is, after all, to be expected.  Rather the biggest disappointment is the somewhat elitist stance being taken by many Catholic people who claim to be conservative or traditional. While I myself endeavour at every turn to adhere to Church doctrine I'm afraid I inevitably fail. And it is this failure which is the very reason I belong to the Church. I belong to the Church because I myself am a sinner!

People who are criticising the Synod for suggesting a more merciful and compassionate approach to homosexuality and divorce must surely recognise the log in their own eye before claiming the moral high ground over anyone else. We are all sinners in need of God's mercy. Every last one of us! What the Synod is considering is highly unlikely to change thousands of years of Church teaching, and this is a blessing. However, to suggest we ignore the plight of certain groups of people simply because they commit a certain sin or because we feel superior to them is not Christian; it is not befitting of the body of Christ, which is what we are. 

To those who are inclined to criticise....we need to ask ourselves what it is that entitles us to look straight past the log in our own eye so as to criticise others? Take homosexual acts for example. We know it is disordered from the natural order of God's plan for humanity. We know it's a sin. And that is why we must acknowledge our mission to spread the Good News of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church to those who are in sinful situations.  But we must do this in a spirit of forgiveness and healing. Our job is not to glory in the sinful actions of others or mock them. This is not our mission.  Our mission is to bring the forgiving grace offered by Christ's Church to all people and to accompany them with love on that journey.  If we can benefit from God's forgiveness, why can't they? 
It is not a compromise of faith or of Church doctrine, it is a compromise of the heart.


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David Farrell on 14 October 2014 21:50
Sure but mortal sin puts you outside the church. It is pride that makes people think that the world is any different today than it was thousands of years ago. The church has always dealt sympathetically towards sinners. And of course these will be the same guys who have overseen the demise of the Catholic Church in the West for the last 50years.churchs closing cathedrals closing seminaries closing attendance down because of a lack of direction and adherence to traditional church teaching. Sacrifice. Saying no. Not giving into sin. Confession is the saving sacrament we have to combat this. If people don't like it then have the strength of your convictions and do what the others die for years leave. Too many martyrs have died to give into Liberals who want to make it easy instead of facing the challenges.
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