US archbishops Chaput and Cupich offer sharply different visions of Vatican synod – Religion News Service

Cupich argued that the synod should allow for pastoral flexibility on the two most controversial topics under debate here — Communion for Catholics who have remarried without an annulment, and finding ways to be more welcoming to gays and lesbians.

In his remarks Friday, Cupich stressed the primacy of the individual conscience in making decisions about whether to receive Communion, and he argued that the pope and the synod could grant bishops and pastors leeway to treat each couple on a case-by-case basis.

“General principles are important. But there’s a limitation on how that allows us the freedom to address real-life situations,” Cupich said, adding:“I do think we can’t ignore the fact that there are a lot of people who feel stuck. And we have to look for a way in which we are going to reach out to them.”

He said the much same about gay people.“We have to make sure that we don’t pigeonhole one group as though they’re not part of the human family, so there’s a different set of rules for them. That would be a big mistake,” he said.

Source:  – Religion News Service

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