Synod calls for Bible-based presentation of God’s plan for family

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October 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) 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) — As members of the Synod of Bishops concluded work on the second of three chapters in their working document, they continued to call for a tone and for language that is clear, simple and encourages people to see it is possible to live the vocation of marriage and family life.

At the same time, most of the synod’s 13 working groups — formed according to language — asked for a greater use of Scripture in the synod’s text, including examples of holy couples and Jesus’ interactions with a variety of family members such as parents who asked him to heal their children.

Two groups said the working document, which they are amending and planning to give to Pope Francis, does not contain a concise definition of marriage. “This is a serious defect,” said English Group D, led by Cardinal Thomas C. Collins of Toronto.

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