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Australian prelate raps ‘apocalyptic vision’ surrounding synod

October 27, 2015

As he looked back on his weeks of participation at the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane criticized the “apocalyptic vision of some of those most ardently opposed to any thought of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried or a more humane and compassionate approach to homosexual people.”

“For a few, the Synod seemed like Armageddon, the final battle between the sons of light and the sons of darkness,” he said. “It was good versus evil, black versus white, all or nothing. No wonder they were anxious.”

He added, “This ends up opposing, at least implicitly, truth and mercy, Church and world, the doctrinal and the pastoral. Yet this essentially pastoral Synod – a fact at times obscured – was surely about finding new convergences, not reinforcing old antagonisms.”


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  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 27, 2015 8:32 AM ET USA

    "This essentially pastoral Synod... was not about reinforcing old antagonisms." There has been an unchangeable ("old") antagonism between marriage and adultery, as is between virtue and sin. No amount of smooth talk by anyone can ever change it.