Vatican City, 26 October, 2023 / 12:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, the primatial archbishop of Mexico, downplayed the issues that have generated some controversy during the Synod on Synodality and believes that this assembly “will not enter into concrete proposals on these issues.”
Just one week before the end of the first session of the Synod on Synodality, the cardinal shared his impressions from Rome with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, on the event that began Oct. 4 with the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”
Controversial issues at the Synod on Synodality
Aguiar said he is “very satisfied” with what has happened during the first three weeks of the synod. He noted that during this time “we have shared our socio-cultural and ecclesial realities from all corners of the world in the general congregations, and more intensely those of Latin America, in the small circles.”
He also emphasized that the controversial topics surrounding the Synod on Synodality — such as the female diaconate, priestly ordination for married men, or issues related to the LGBT community — “have not been a central issue” but rather “they have appeared peripherally, without any consequence.”