Final report to be a general guide, not hard answers, says cardinal

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October 22, 2015

Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto and Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, talk after an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Synod of Bishops in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Oct. 17. At the event Pope Francis outlined his vision for how the entire church must be "synodal" with everyone listening to each other, learning from each other and taking responsibility for proclaiming the Gospel. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-SYNOD-CHURCH Oct. 17, 2015.VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After nearly three weeks of intense discussion and debate, the Synod of Bishop’s final document on the family was not expected to have any hard-hitting answers, a member of the drafting commission said.

Rather, the report was aiming to be a reflection of the overall sense of the “mind of the house” and indicate some general pastoral directions, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai told reporters at a Vatican news conference Oct. 22.

That is because “very clearly we are not touching doctrine, this synod is not making doctrine, but it’s really seeing what’s the pastoral approach, what guidelines can we give” the pope, who convoked the synod for their input.

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