From the Pastor’s Desk: October 26, 2014
In the statement of the Catholic Bishops of Florida, we are reminded that “the Church affirms that every Catholic is called to prayerful, active, and responsible participation in the political process. Therefore, we urge all Catholics who are eligible, to register and vote, while being faithful to what is truly authentic and supporting that which best serves the common good…The issues that officials and the general public face are varied, so at times, choosing candidates may seem difficult or overwhelming. As such, it may be helpful to remember that not all issues are equally important or urgent. Some are more fundamental such as those related to life and dignity of the human person. Matters of intrinsic evil, such as abortion and euthanasia, must always be rejected or opposed. Additionally, Catholic teaching impels us to elevate human dignity and support the common good. We are called to bring together our principles and our political choices, our values and our votes to help build a better world.”
As you are aware the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Family in Rome generated some responses and reactions among people. I want to offer you a synopsis of the document for you to know and learn from the original source– the Vatican News Services.
Toward the 2015 synod: The final report values the experience of Christian families, and put in action many suggested changes. Yet, it cannot be considered a definitive document: the final report will function as a “working document” for the 2015 Synod of Bishops, which is considered the second part of unique synodal path on the family. Only after that will the Pope issue a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, which will shed light on how the Church is called to face the challenges of the family today.
With prayers, Fr. Andy