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The Family as the Acting Subject of Evangelization

Notes toward the 14th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

by Angelo Cardinal Scola, Archbishop of Milan

famigliaThe current reflection began with the Third Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2014. First of all it is important to point out that the extensive media coverage of these proceedings was often inadequate and to state dispassionately that for two intensive weeks the Synod Fathers, cum Petro et sub Petro, engaged in a lively debate of the real problems of the family in the Church and in today’s society. And they did this by listening and examining in depth the many testimonies from all over the world. Certainly, different views emerged, but there was a great effort on the part of everyone to understand and evaluate the arguments for the various proposals. There can be no doubt, therefore, about the fact that the debate was centered on the good of human persons and of the family, with the intention of making the proclamation of the Gospel of the family more and more effective in present-day circumstances, which often vary widely. For example, the differences between Africa and the Middle East, on the one hand, and Europe and the United States and Canada, on the other, became quite clear.

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