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Rooney: Vatican Striving for 'Level of Adaptability and Empathy'

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 11:37 AM

Opposing factions within the Vatican naturally don't agree on certain issues that came out of the recent synod on the family, former Holy See Ambassador Francis Rooney said Friday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," but both sides appear to be taking a more inclusive tone when addressing things like homosexuality and divorce.

"I'm not really surprised that there would be a little coming and going as different points of opinion are made clear," Rooney said. "The first out of the box was the statement summarizing some of the findings, preliminary findings or discussions, and then the conservative cardinal from South Africa criticized it and now we've had some other people come out and support it and you'll find that there's all, a wide range of opinions about where the church should go in interpreting and dealing with some of the issue of the modern world and how they relate to fundamental church theology."

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The church wants to reach out to everyone, according to Rooney, not just those who are firm believers and followers of church doctrine, he said.

"The end game is to get people to go to church to be good Christians, good Catholics and follow the church's teaching so you've got to have some level of adaptability and empathy for people who are not totally in sync with the teachings in the hope that they will come along," he said. "That metaphor of let thee who does not sin cast the first stone has been used a lot in the media to summarize this distinction."

By being more empathetic and less judgmental, the church can become a "diplomatic force" as well as be better able to minister to "people with "issues that come into conflict sometimes to the church teaching," he said.

"It will at least cast an embrace to people who may not be totally in concert with church theology, but still want the teachings of Jesus and want the spiritual comfort that the church gives."

He characterized Pope Francis as "the ultimate, non-judgmental, pastoral conversational leader," someone who "wants to generate a broad and deep dialogue about how these groups that are not in concert with fundamental theology of the Catholic Church can nonetheless be embraced and nurtured as Christians and as human beings."

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Opposing factions within the Vatican naturally don't agree on certain issues that came out of the recent synod on the family, former Holy See Ambassador Francis Rooney said Friday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," but both sides appear to be taking a more inclusive tone...
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