- Cindy Wooden
- Feb 24, 2019
Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, a member of the 12-person drafting team for the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops, said Monday that the phrase “zero tolerance” on fighting abuse was taken out because this was a meeting on young people, not minors.
The call for missionary discipleship that has been at the heart of the new evangelization in Latin America and the Caribbean left its mark in the final document of the Synod of Bishops, a Puerto Rican bishop said.
In his Mass closing the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis rejected the idea of separating doctrine from activism, saying “closeness” is a key test of the faith.
The God’s honest truth is that of the 28 Synods of Bishops held since Pope Paul VI launched the institution in 1965, every one probably has been “rigged” to some extent.
As the Church reels from clerical abuse scandals and attempts to tackle challenges related to increasing globalization and secularization worldwide, prelates in Rome for this month’s Synod of Bishops said young people can be agents of positive change, and can help to heal the Church’s wounds with their zeal for the faith.
An Oct. 3-28 summit of Catholic bishops in Rome ended by steering clear of overtly controversial moves on most fronts.