Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given his comments from Rome on the Relatio Post Disceptationem - the mid-term report on the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops meeting in the Vatican to discuss family life.
“This account of the discussions of the first week served to crystallise the hopes and difficulties raised in that week.
“It is proving to be a stimulant to very searching and creative discussions in the small language group of which I am a member.
“I appreciate the spirit of the report which seeks to proclaim and strengthen the pastoral care of the Church. The warmth and the reach of the Church's pastoral care is crucial even if not always known or experienced.
“The report, obviously composed under pressure, has easily given rise to some misinterpretation. Its nature has to be understood. It is not a doctrinal or decisive document. It is, as stated in its conclusion, 'intended to raise questions and indicate perspectives that will have to be matured and made clearer reflection.'
“The process of this Extraordinary Synod is being conducted with great openness. This Report comes at the half-way stage. I know that one of the deepest desires of the Synod Fathers is to blow a trumpet for marriage and family as central part of God's plan for our happiness and fulfilment.
“As Cardinal Tagle said ‘the drama continues’”.
The full text of Relatio Post Disceptationem can be found here.