VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis will issue an apostolic exhortation in light of the Synod's final document, confirms Cdl. Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State.
Since the release of the ambiguous final report from the Ordinary Synod on the Family last week, orthodox and modernist Catholics have been in heated debates over its correct interpretation.
Catholics and secularists on the "left" have been stating or suggesting in public comments and news reports that the Relazione Finale of the Synod opens up a door for officially allowing Communion for divorced and civilly "remarried" Catholics.
Catholics on the "right" maintain that, since no such door actually exists in the final document, and the Church has already rejected the idea, there is nothing in the document that paves a way or leads to official permission for giving Communion to divorced adulterers.
The report itself seems to have been a defeat for liberals, who had been pushing hard for, at best, a universal allowance for the Kasper proposal or, at worst, a decentralization that allows bishops on a local or national level to decide the matter themselves. Supporters of the heterodox proposal, while a minority among the 270 Synod Fathers, nevertheless constituted a whopping majority — 8 out of 10 — on the drafting committee of the final report.
"The Synod itself is much, much better than the worst we have feared," the conservative Cdl. George Pell said after the release of the final document.
"I'm satisfied and happy with the work of the Synod. The final report (approved by a two-thirds majority) is a good text," said Cdl. Walter Kasper, whose name is most associated with the heterodox push for sacrilegious Communion. "Now it's up to the Pope to make a decision."
Indeed, the Synod's concluding document itself called for just that — for a post-synodal apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis. "[W]e humbly ask the Holy Father that he evaluate the opportunity of offering a document on the family," stated the document on behalf of the bishops, "so that in it the domestic church may reflect always more clearly Christ, the light of the world."
Cardinal Parolin told the Italian news outlet ANSA that the Pope's response "will be based on the conclusions of the Synod, as is the tradition." Parolin, effectively the Pope's right-hand man, also indicated that the exhortation "should not take too long" to be released.