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Family synod: doctrinal chief says speeches should be published

Cardinal Gerhard Müller arrives for a session of the family synod (CNS)

The texts of speeches at the family synod should be released publicly, the Vatican’s doctrinal chief has said.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told Salt and Light: “These interventions should be published as before. All Christians have the right to be informed about [the] intervention of their bishops.”

He was speaking yesterday, on the third day of the synod, which will end on October 19.

The Holy See press office is hosting daily briefings on the synod, led by Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi. But unlike at previous synods, the Vatican is not releasing printed summaries of the synod fathers’ interventions.

In the run-up to the synod, Cardinal Müller was seen as a leading critic of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposal that some remarried Catholics should be permitted to receive Holy Communion after a period of penance.