Francis DeBenardo, exutive director of New Ways Ministry, has been reporting from Rome on the Family Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, where he has been able to put some important questions from an LGBT perspective. in the daily regular press conferences. and others. Here is an extract from a response by Bishop Bonny of Belgium to one such question:
Yesterday, we got a small peek into what the synod report might have in store for LGBT issues. The three Belgian bishops attending the meeting held a press conference at the Belgian College in Rome, where they spoke about their synod experiences, as well as hinting at what might and might be in the final document.
“It is true that in the synod this question was not really discussed. It was at the end of theInstrumentum Laboris. In most groups, very short time was left for the last chapter. But that’s not the main reason. The main reason is that in this synod, bishops did not really need or have the attitude to discuss the question. It is true that most bishops of Western Europe and the Western world, we speak more or less the same language and feeling. But the readiness and the atmosphere was not there.
“The synod was not prepared to discuss the question. You need more input from human sciences, Biblical theology, moral theology, for discussing it in a good and complete way. I think it is better that there was no paragraph or no extensive paragraph than a bad one. I think the feeling was better leave the question open for further study than having a bad text. Something will be said on this issue [in the final document], but that is a point for next time. I say it in a positive way. Let them leave it for the next time and a good time instead of discussing now in a bad way.Source: Bondings 2.0