Method of teaching about family can alienate people, synod members say

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October 12, 2015

People react as the final vote of the referendum on same-sex marriage is announced May 23 in Dublin. During the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 10, Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin spoke about the referendum, faith and finding language to share church teaching with a new generation of Catholics. (CNS photo/Aidan Crawley, EPA) See SYNOD-WELCOME-CHALLENGE Oct. 12, 2015.

People react as the final vote of the referendum on same-sex marriage is announced May 23 in Dublin. During the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 10, Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin spoke about the referendum, faith and finding language to share church teaching with a new generation of Catholics. (CNS photo/Aidan Crawley, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just like a family, the Catholic Church should challenge members to grow and behave better, but also like a family, it should not exclude those who still have some growing to do, said Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio.

Bishop Murry and other members of the Synod of Bishops on the family spoke Oct. 10 about finding a way to affirm Gospel principles and church teaching while accompanying all Catholics on the path to perfection and holiness.

Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin spoke later about the Irish referendum in favor of same-sex marriage, about faith and about finding language to share church teaching with a new generation of Catholics.

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