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Archbishop Forte identified as author of section on homosexuality in Synod's interim report

October 16, 2014

Archbishop Bruno Forte, the secretary of a committee formed by Pope Francis to draft an interim report for the Synod of Bishops, wrote a controversial section on accepting homosexuals, the Associate Press reports.

During a press conference on the document, Cardinal Peter Erdo, the chairman of the drafting committee, deferred to Archbishop Forte when questions were raised about the section on homosexuality. The Italian prelate was identified by AP as “an Italian theologian known for pushing the pastoral envelope on dealing with people in "irregular" unions while staying true to Catholic doctrine.”

Archbishop Forte evidently introduced his own thoughts into the interim report, which was intended to summarize the ideas expressed by Synod fathers during their general discussions. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that among more than 250 talks during the plenary sessions of the Synod, only one address focused on the question of homosexuality.


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  • Posted by: Bai Macfarlane (Mary's Advocates) - Oct. 17, 2014 10:08 AM ET USA

    Has anyone of the synod fathers mentioned the Church's teaching on separation and divorce? In the US, I observe that The Canon Law and Catechism are disregarded, and instead there is pastoral practices that tacitly condone all separation and divorce, ignoring the Church's own protection of the family. My Observations are available in paperback and as free PDF on our website, See two flow charts on page 3 and 21.

  • Posted by: unum - Oct. 17, 2014 9:00 AM ET USA

    Abp. Forte has done the Church a great disservice, not by his views, but by dishonestly including them in a press release that was represented as the views of the Synod. The Faithful will be watching to see how the Vatican deals with those who "play politics" with the serious work of the Church.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Oct. 17, 2014 12:45 AM ET USA

    Well, the First Council of Nicea did have St. Nicholas punching out the heretic Arius. But perhaps CNN would have ignored that.

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Oct. 16, 2014 10:59 PM ET USA

    I find it hard to believe the "one address" comment. Incompetence is looking for ways to cover bizarre behavior, distortions and flat out prevarications. Let's hope someone gets hold of these people before they insult any more Africans or faithful married people. Their conference, as reported even by Church media, seems to the public at large like a scandalous circus of incompetents. The Catholic Church has better representatives than this (I hope).

  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 16, 2014 8:30 PM ET USA

    Abp. Forte is "pushing the pastoral envelope on dealing with people in 'irregular' unions while staying true to Catholic doctrine." It's like sending donations to Planned Parenthood while being ardently pro-life. That's just about what sneaky flip-flopping politicians do.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Oct. 16, 2014 7:12 PM ET USA

    I find it hard to believe, in this day and age, with all the technological advances in communications, that this Synod is so full of gaffes, half truths, misrepresentations, and confusion. I suspect that the very first Church Council probably did not make for the confusion that this Synod has.

  • Posted by: shrink - Oct. 16, 2014 6:03 PM ET USA

    "...only one address focused on the question of homosexuality." It only takes one.