Vatican City, 26 October, 2019 / 7:10 pm (ACI Africa).
In his closing remarks for the Amazon synod Saturday, Pope Francis urged the media not to give undue attention to aspects of the assembly's final report addressing Church discipline while ignoring the assembly’s “diagnoses” of cultural, social, pastoral and ecological issues in the Pan-Amazonian region.
It’s “in small disciplinary things, which have their significance but that would not do the good that this synod has to do,” he said Oct. 26, "that society takes care of the diagnosis we have made in the four dimensions.”
"There is always a group of elite Christians who like to take up this kind of diagnosis as if they were universal," he continued, "however small, or in this kind of more inter-ecclesiastical disciplinary resolutions."
There is a danger, the pope said Oct. 26, of only looking to see “what they decided on this disciplinary issue, what they decided on another, making of the world who won this game, lost this…”
"No, we all win with the diagnoses we made and as far as we arrive in the pastoral and inter-ecclesiastical issues, but don't get locked in on that."