Families have a mission in the church, archbishop says

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October 16, 2015

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, center, gestures as he arrives for a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-SECOND-REPORTS Oct. 14, 2015.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, center, gestures as he arrives for a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The family is not just an object of church discussion, but must be a subject — an actor — that shares its life and witness with the wider Christian community, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky.

At the Synod of Bishops on the family, he said, members agree that “the family is also meant to be an agent and instrument of mercy,” promoting healing and reconciliation among their members and in reaching out to others, both their neighbors and strangers.

Archbishop Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he would return home from the synod with a commitment to finding new ways to “call forth families” and to give them the formation they need to continue to strengthen their relationships at home and with others.

Read more and listen to Archbishop Kurtz and Archbishop Gomez in The Visitor…