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Synod secretary: don't expect change in Church teachings

June 27, 2014

At a Vatican press conference introducing the instrumentum laboris that will be the basis for discussion when the Synod of Bishops meets in October, the special secretary for the Synod meeting confirmed that there is no movement to change the teachings of the Church on marriage.

“The doctrine of the Church is not up for discussion,” Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto, Italy, told reporters. He said that the “pastoral application” of Church teachings—the most effective ways to promote those teachings—would be the Synod’s greatest challenge.


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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jun. 28, 2014 11:19 AM ET USA

    There is no militant preaching going on in the Church to any reasonable extent or else this topic would not even be coming up. Church teaching has and always will be a concise description of absolute realities unseen that cannot be altered.