Our synodal journey will not be like that of Germany

An Italian cardinal told reporters on Thursday that his country’s “synodal journey” will not focus on highly controversial issues like the “synodal path” unfolding in Germany.

“Ours is not a synod, it is a synodal journey that starts from conditions very different from those of Germany”, declared on May 27 Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian episcopal conference.

Bassetti said that unlike their German counterparts – who oversee a synodal path pushing for changes to marriage, ordination, clerical celibacy and sexual ethics – Italian bishops hope to focus on how the Church can solve social problems, such as unemployment and family. breakdown.

“The German synod has dealt with very particular problems and I think that the fundamental problems of our people are very different”, declared the cardinal, according to ACI Stampa, CNA’s Italian press partner.

“The celibacy of priests, of the priesthood of women, are not the fundamental problems which preoccupy the Church and humanity at this time,” he said.

Bassetti, the Archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve, in central Italy, said that the most pressing problems in Italy requiring the attention of the bishops were “the loneliness, the education of the children, the difficulties of those who do not make it to the month because they have no job, [and] the problems of emotional immaturity that lead families to separate.

The cardinal addressed the media on the last day of the General Assembly of Italian Bishops, which was held in Rome from May 24 to 27 on the theme: “Announcing the Gospel in times of rebirth: embarking on a journey synodal. “

The economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic have been at the forefront of discussions between more than 200 bishops from across Italy.

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