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Title: U.S. Catholic Hopes for the Upcoming Synod on the Family
Author(s): RUBIO, Julie Hanlon
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 20 Issue: 1 Date: 2014
The U.S. Catholic response to the Synod on marriage and family has been one of gratitude and hopefulness. Though the experiences of Catholics varied depending on the how the bishop in their diocese chose to seek input on the survey, those who were given the opportunity to respond were happy to share their views, hopes, and anxieties. Several U.S. bishops reported widespread disagreement on church teachings, along with a desire for a more welcoming and merciful church that makes room for the diversity of Catholic families. U.S. Catholics are not necessarily hoping for changes in moral teachings, but they are interested in the attractive sort of moral teaching which Pope Francis models in Evangelii Gaudium. Here, judgment is tempered with mercy, norms are less important than virtues, tradition is understood as accompaniment, and the church is open to dialogue and growth.