Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Real Scandal: Fear of Love

[We must aim] to love unconditionally all families, particularly those experiencing difficulties, since no family should feel alone or excluded from the Church’s loving embrace, and the real scandal is a fear of love and of showing that love concretely.

– Pope Francis
Excerpted from the end of the very last footnote
of the Pope's speech closing the 2015 Synod on the Family

Related Off-site Links:
Pope, Closing Synod, Calls for More Open-Hearted Church – Philip Pullella (Reuters via Yahoo! News, October 25, 2015).
Pope Francis’ Concluding Synod Speech Stresses Mercy Above Law – Francis DeBernardo (Bondings 2.0, October 25, 2015).
Catholic Bishops at Synod Call for a More Welcoming Church – Nicole Winfield and Daniela Petroff (Associated Press via Yahoo! News, October 24, 2015).
Bishops End Divisive Synod on FamilyBBC World News (October 24 2015).
Pope Criticizes Conservative Bishops with "Closed Hearts" After Synod – Reuters via Aljazeera America (October 24, 2015).
Synod's Final Word to LGBT People: Lord Help Us! Those People Imagine They Should Be Welcome?! And Fa-mi-ly?! – William D. Lindsey (Bilgrimage, October 25, 2015).
Catholic Theologians Condemn Ross Douthat's Recent Piece on the Pope – Jim McDermott (America, October 27, 2015).
Same-sex Parents Invest More Time in Their Children, Study Says – Emily Dugan and Lucy White (The Independent, October 17, 2015).

UPDATES: At Synod Closing, Pope Stresses Inclusion, Open Hearts, Encounter, and Mercy – Francis DeBernardo (Bondings 2.0, October 26, 2015).
Synod on Family Produced Nothing New, Says Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese – Patsy McGarry (The Irish Times, October 26, 2015).
Why Are Some Catholics So Afraid of Change? – James Martin, SJ (CNN, October 26, 2015).
LGBT Advocates and Vatican Observers Respond to Synod on the Family’s Final Report – Bob Shine (Bondings 2.0, October 27, 2015).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Synod 2015 Quote of the Day – October 16, 2015
Jim Smith on the "Tears of Love and Faith" of LGBTI People and Their Families
Beyond the Hierarchy: The Blossoming of Liberating Catholic Insights on Sexuality (Part 8)
"Trajectory is More Important Than the Current Status"
Quote of the Day – December 10, 2014
Competent Parenting Doesn't Require "Traditional Marriage"
One Catholic Gay Parent Who Isn’t Leaving the Church
"That Utterly Profound In-Loveness"
Catholic Hierarchy Can Overcome Fear of LGBT People

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