Discourage mixed marriages, women accepting abuse, some say at synod

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October 20, 2015

Protesters carry mannequins showing signs of domestic violence in Beirut May 30. Some synod observers said women should not to return to abusive husbands. (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA) See SYNOD-OBSERVERS-WOMEN Oct. 20, 2015.

Protesters carry mannequins showing signs of domestic violence in Beirut May 30. Some synod observers said women should not to return to abusive husbands. (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Observers told the Synod of Bishops on the family to discourage Christian women from marrying Muslim men, urge priests not to tell women to return to abusive husbands, share the truth of church teaching about marriage, and embrace single mothers who are alienated from the church.

The proposals were offered by more than a dozen observers — married couples and individuals — in their brief presentations to the synod assembly Oct. 16. The Vatican released copies of their texts Oct. 20.

Father Garas Boulos Garas Bishay, who serves the migrant Christian community at the Mary Queen of Peace Parish in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, told the synod that mixed marriages between Christian women from Russia and Europe with Muslim men is “a profound worry and concern.”

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