Archbishop Kurtz wants all bishops' interventions to be published
In a recent interview, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) spoke candidly about the just completed Extraordinary Synod on the Family and the direction he expects to be taken in next year’s Synod on the Family.
Archbishop Kurtz took exception to the decision of Synod organizers to not publish the speeches of bishops, a decision apparently made to foster a freer exchange of ideas, noting –
He recommends that the October 2015 Synod on the Family reject such a ban: "It is my fond hope, and really my urging … to say: return to that process so that there’s another level of transparency."
Asked about the challenge of the Synod’s work during the second week, following release of the interim report, Archbishop Kurtz explained:
The Archbishop pointed to two areas of consensus among the difficult issues raised during the Synod with respect, first, to Catholics "who are in the painful situation of divorce and civil remarriage, they’re in a situation in which the Church needs to reach out, welcome and accompany [them]." And second, he states that he
Archbishop Kurtz describes "the big message that I take home" from the Synod as one of invitation and welcome:
He also contrasted the agenda and work of the Extraordinary Synod with what we can expect from the Ordinary Synod in October 2015:
And, he added, after another year of informal consultation among bishops,
we will be on the threshold of saying, ‘As I refine my thinking, here’s what I think we need to renew family and to renew marriage within our world and within our Church.’