Synod of Bishops opens to married priests: “Yes to priesthood for deacons with families”

Synod of Bishops opens to married priests: “Yes to priesthood for deacons with families”

The elements that emerge in the final document of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon. The Synod asks Pope Francis for the ordination of “men who are suitable and recognized by the community, being able to have a legitimately constituted and stable family”. No step forward for women: the question of the diaconate postponed.

Col Synod of Bishops on the Amazon a window opens for the priestly ordination of married people. They are not the “viri probati”, that is people recognized by the community, but permanent deacons. People also married but who have already made a path of formation in the Church up to the step before the priesthood. In short, the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon opens up the possibility for the area to “ordain suitable and recognized men priests of the community, who have a fruitful permanent diaconate and receive adequate formation for the presbyterate, being able to have a legitimately constituted and stable family” . For this it is necessary to establish “criteria and provisions by the competent authority”. The paragraph was approved but recorded the highest number of “no”: 41 (128 yeses). No step forward for women: the question of the diaconate is postponed to the reopening of the Commission that Pope Francis had established in 2016 and which had reached “partial results”.

Here come the “ecological” sins – In the final document of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, it is also proposed to “define ecological sin as an action or omission against God, against one’s neighbor, the community and the environment” by identifying these sins “in acts and habits of pollution and destruction of the harmony of the environment “.

The Pope’s speech – Pope Francis spoke of the “Catholic elites” that in final document of the Synod they will go looking for “the little things and they will forget the big one. I remembered a phrase” in which it is said that there are people who “since they love no one believe they love God”, “lose touch with the challenges they face. man of today and delude themselves that they are with God “. “The post-synodal exhortation is not compulsory” but “I would like to give a word from the Pope on what he experienced in the Synod by the end of the year, it depends on the time I have to think about it”, Bergoglio said, speaking of ” four dimensions “contained in the document on the Amazon,” ecological, social, pastoral, cultural “. The Pontiff also announced that a special section will be created that will deal with the Amazon within the Dicastery for Integral Human Development headed by African Cardinal Peter Turkson.

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