Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton has criticised the synod for failing to properly address the issue of homosexuality.
Speaking to Vatican Radio about the concerns of gay Catholics, he said: “I’m a little concerned that we haven’t faced up to those issues.”
The bishop, one of two synod fathers from England, said: “The majority of synod fathers are not considering this to be the main issue in their own situation and although the issues have been raised occasionally, they’ve been put in a siding.
“It’s a combination of their being too difficult and also the basic theological anthropology, our understanding from the Scripture of man and woman, there is no room for a same-sex relationship. So I think they’re saying, ‘we don’t know what to do’.”
He added: “We can’t leave people dangling in the air and in limbo. The Lord loves us all and we need to find a way of embracing everyone.”
Bishop Doyle also said that his synod group “is a bit traditional, and I’m concerned there may be a little fear that in trying to explore the possibilities we’re undermining the eternal truths of the Church. And I just don’t think that is the case.”
Listen to the full interview here.
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