Cardinal Wuerl on team to write final Synod Relatio

October 11, 2014

Cardinal Wuerl on team to write final Synod Relatio

By Frank Walker



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Vatican reporter John Thavis announces the addition of six Cardinals to help write the ‘relatio’ document which will summarize input and conclusions from this phase of the Synod on the Family.

The Vatican just announced that Pope Francis has named six additional prelates to help write the revised relatio for the Synod of Bishops, to be released Monday. At the risk of oversimplifying, they all seem to be on the pope’s wavelength when it comes to promoting pastoral mercy.

They will assist Cardinal Peter Erdo, the primary drafter of the relatio, and two other synod officials, in the task of summing up the first week of spirited synod debate in a document that will form the basis for future discussion.

Sources in Rome view the revised relatio as the key document going forward, and there is particular interest in how it treats some of the more controversial issues at the synod, including proposals to admit divorced and remarried Catholics to the sacraments.

New Cardinals on this committee include Washington’s Cardinal Wuerl, who boldly maintained this week that admittance to Holy Communion was not a doctrinal position; and Pontifical Council for Culture Chief, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, along with four other less-known hispanic prelates.

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