“A fascinating experiment”

Finding a "common voice": Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Unity, has spoken out in favor of an ecumenical synod. In addition to Catholic bishops, other Christian churches should also participate.

The possibility recently introduced by Pope Francis could be a "fascinating experiment," Koch said, according to the Internet portal "Vaticannews". According to the report, an ecumenical synod would have to address ies that affect all Christians, where it is "urgent that we find a common voice".

After a period of rapprochement between the churches, there have recently been new tensions between the denominations over ethical ies, Koch lamented. The leitmotif of the ecumenical movement of the 1980s, according to which faith divided but action united, has today almost turned into its opposite, the cardinal explained with regard to questions of bioethics, marriage, sexuality and gender.

Youth synod: members of other churches without voting rights

At the synod, which runs until 28. Members of other churches and religions are admitted as listeners and experts, but not as participants with voting rights, at the Synod of Bishops on Youth and the Church, which is meeting in the Vatican on October 10.

The final document is adopted by the synod fathers and, in this case, two fratres without priestly ordination. Pope Francis ied new rules last month allowing the Catholic Church leader to convene synods "according to other modalities he has determined," particularly for ecumenical reasons.

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