Cardinals Burke and Kasper, it seems, are doing what Pope Francis had hoped.
There will be an entire year between the Extraordinary Synod and the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in 2015, when the assembly of bishops will agree upon and make their final recommendations to Pope Francis. The Holy Father will weigh those recommendations and only then issue guidance to the universal Church, possibly in the form of an encyclical.Between the two Synods, the bishops are asked to prayerfully meditate on the issues and recommendations made during the present Synod. In this effort, the Faithful should encourage them with respect and prayerful support, regardless of their varying perspectives.
What the Synod Fathers need from the lay faithful is prayer that the Holy Spirit will guide their deliberations and for us to stand with them as members of the universal Church. They don’t need us to rush in and yell “fit-fight.”
Marge Fenelonis a Catholic author, columnist, and speaker and a regular guest on Catholic radio. She’s written several books about Marian devotion and Catholic family life, including Strengthening Your Family: a Catholic Approach to Holiness at Home (Our Sunday Visitor, 2011) and Imitating Mary: Ten Marian Virtues for the Modern Mom (Ave Maria Press, 2013). Find out more about Marge at www.margefenelon.com.