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Bishop Charles Drennan’s intervention at the Synod in Rome. Each participant gets three minutes. Here is his! Read on…

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No generation is exempt from making a contribution to the living tradition of theological insights. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.

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Towards the end of the day one of the bishops quoted words of Saint John XXIII from 11th October 1962, almost exactly 53 years ago in which he called for a Church of mercy rather than a Church of severity. Cardinal John from Rome.

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... it has struck me that within the same Church there are many other persons, also baptised members of the Body of Christ and equally loved by God who, for a variety of reasons, don’t occupy the same privileged place – their access to the Sacraments of the Church, most notably the Eucharist...Dr John Kleinsman from Rome.

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"We are now into the second week of the Synod and have two full days in the language groups. The work is difficult and it is hard to see where we are going and what kind of document will come out of this Synod. However, there is a real desire on behalf of all to do the best for families around the world and to show the Church's teaching on families has something rich, and full of hope. Cardinal John Dew from Rome.

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When I first came to work at the Secretariat of State the then Monsignor Mark Coleridge who was leaving said to me: looking back on my time here, it has been the footnotes which have often been the most interesting. What did he mean? Part of living in Rome is participating in what the eternal city has to offer beyond work. Often that starts or ends around a table of kai. Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome.

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When the going was tough, I was tempted to think wouldn’t it have been easier if Francis had gathered together a team of theologically informed creative writers and simply delivered us an insightful document into family life today shaped by Christ and our faith? Bishop Charles Drennan from Rome

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The challenge going forward for all Synod participants, as I see it, is to remember that what is in the working document reflects the gathered feedback of the People of God and to be faithful to that content. As one group member reminded today: “It will not be good enough if the Synod produces yet another wonderful document while not addressing the feedback/concerns that have been gathered.” Dr John Kleinsman from Rome.

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What I heard was that by the end of this Synod we should be able to have a Final Report which is inspirational in character, which is full of hope and which praises and thanks families for their faithful living out of the Gospel. Cardinal John Dew from Rome.

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I have been amazed by the breadth of the interventions ... for many of the countries represented, the issues affecting the family centre on the basic struggle to survive. Dr John Kleinsman from Rome.

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