Synod not manipulated; how it is depicted is distorted, says cardinal

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October 19, 2015

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington leaves a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-FAMILY-CHALLENGES Oct. 6, 2015.

Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington leaves a session of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Synod of Bishops on the family is not being manipulated, rather the distortion rests in how it is being depicted or seen by a number of people, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

“I don’t think the synod itself has been tainted, but the lens through which it is being seen by many, many people has been tainted, and so I suspect that that will have some impact,” he said in an interview Oct. 18 with the Jesuit magazine America.

“It’s not going to be a long-term impact because you can only paint something in false tones and have it remain understood incorrectly for so long, after a while the church wins out,” he said, adding that “the truth is great and it always wins out, even with all of this propaganda and all of this distortion.”

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