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Ray Flynn: Pope Doing 'Real Service to Catholics'

By    |   Monday, 20 Oct 2014 03:27 PM

Even though there was not a consensus reached about how the Catholic Church should approach gay and divorced members of the Church among bishops, former Ambassador Ray Flynn says that Pope Francis' willingness to have the discussion was "a real service to Catholics."

"That kind of substantial, significant debate, discussion among these lines is very productive, and it's very helpful," the former ambassador to the Holy See told J.D. Hayworth and Olga Villaverde on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Monday.

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"It brings people the realization or the feeling that they're part of something very, very important," he explained.

After two weeks of debate and discussion, no "synodal consensus" was reached by a gathering of bishops at the Vatican to address the issue of being more welcoming to homosexuals and divorced members, including remarried divorcees. The failure to reach an agreement on these issues was seen as a victory for those who were opposed a softer approach on these issues.

"Was it unanimous in terms of the thinking of this synod of bishops? Of course not," Flynn said. "Was it controversial? Yes, indeed it was."

"Is it productive? Is it helpful? Is it a good step in the right direction moving forward? " he asked further.

The former mayor of Boston contends that "Pope Francis did a real service to Catholics across the world in raising these issues."

"He's a sophisticated man," he said. "He understands that there would be controversy even among the synod of bishops as there is among Catholics throughout the world."

However, he says, "Let everybody be heard, let's have this dialogue, let's have this discussion."

According to Flynn, a softer approach to gay and divorced members would not mean a "change in doctrine."

"These are traditions that have served the Church and served Catholics for over 2,000 years and those are the traditions that faithful Catholics believe in," the former ambassador explained.

"However, there are a lot of good people . . . [that] just don't want anybody to think that" they love their "neighbors less because of their sexual orientation."

"We understand that you just don't turn your back on people you disagree with," he said.

"You try to bring that person to your point of view, to your beliefs, to your values without compromising those, but you don't turn your back on them," he added. "You show respect."

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