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(RNS) — The Catholic Church needs to learn about married life from the faithful, said Cardinal Blase Cupich in an important address at St. Edmund College in Cambridge, England. He is not saying this from a desire to water down church teaching but from theological conviction.
Not only does the church bring the gospel to families, families contribute to the church’s understanding and proclamation of the gospel, argued Cupich Friday (Feb. 8). He reaches this conclusion by beginning with the church’s understanding of the family as a privileged site of God’s self-revelation.
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“If we accept that families are a privileged place of God’s self-revelation and activity,” said Cupich, “then no family should be considered deprived of God’s grace.” As a result, “Our ministerial approach should begin with the understanding that families are not problems to solve,” he said. “Rather, they are opportunities for the church to discern with the aid of the Spirit how God is active in our time and what God is calling us to do here and now.”
In his address at the Von Hügel Institute, Cardinal Cupich makes a significant contribution to the international debate over “Amoris Laetitia,” coming down strongly on the side of Pope Francis, who has been severely criticized for opening the possibility of divorced and remarried Catholics being admitted to Communion. The cardinal even quotes from Vatican II’s “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church,” which calls for religious submission of mind and will to the magisterium of the pope.
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Cupich believes that the encyclical presents a new paradigm that calls us to embrace a new spirit, a change of direction in the way the church carries out its ministry to families.
Pope Francis, according to Cupich, has introduced a set of six hermeneutical principles that force a paradigm shift, allowing us to re-envision the church’s engagement with couples...
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