I read in the La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno that His Excellency Most Rev. Nunzio Galatino, Secretary General of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) has thoughts about “unconventional couples” and the sacraments.
‘Church musn’t exclude unusual couples’ Italian bishops say
(ANSA) – Rome, August 27 – The Church must make everyone feel at home, including “unconventional couples”, the secretary-general of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI) said Wednesday. “Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice,” Monsignor Nunzio Galantino said. “The burden of exclusion from the sacraments is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination,” the prelate explained. ["Al peso della non ammissione ai sacramenti si aggiunge, non giustificatamente e come ulteriore fio da pagare, una loro discriminazione di fatto". In Italian, what he says is not that the exclusion from sacraments is the unjustified price to pay, but rather that the de facto discrimination is an unjustified extra price to pay. It is slightly different distinction. Of course we might ask His Excellency where has he seen all this unjust discrimination towards concubines and adulterers in the average parish as of late, but that's another story, Rudyard Kipling would say.]
The Vatican last year asked its priests around the world for input on controversial issues ranging from same-sex marriage to surrogate motherhood to polygamy ahead of an extraordinary meeting on the family called by Pope Francis for October 2014. The 38-question survey, sent to national conferences of bishops all over the world, sought input from local officials to help the Vatican as it prepares for an unusual assembly of bishops designed to develop new directions for the Church on issues of family relations. The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization is the official title selected for the third extraordinary general assembly of the synod of bishops to be held in the Vatican.
This would be a good time to remind the readership of a book available for pre-order.
Since it has been released elsewhere also, I can at least reveal the names of the 5 Cardinals and other authors involved in the book:
Raymond Leo Burke
Velasio De Paolis, C.S.,
Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Fr. Robert Dodaro, OSA
Fr. Paul Mankowski, S.J.
Prof. John M. Rist
Archbishop Cyril Vasil, S.J.