Come home to Rome
If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?.” –Matthew 18:12
They have made a fresh commitment to love all people, especially
- Couples living together without marriage
- Civilly remarried
- Those who are living in dire poverty
- Those who have married outside the Catholic community
- Single parent families
- Families with disabled children
- The bereaved and the broken
- Migrants, and
- Families struggling with sick and elderly members.
There was a happy nod in the Vatican, to read the report from India of the 29th plenary assembly of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) in Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh. 137 Latin-rite Catholic bishops had met to meditate on the theme of Pope Francis’ 2016 extortion, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (The Joy of Love).
They solemnly resolved to reach out to those who had got estranged from the Catholic Church for a variety of reasons including the inability to adhere to vital Catholic teachings. Like the Holy Father, they too believe that love over all else will please God’s heart as well as draw the strayed sheep back into the fold.
They also pledged to intensify preparatory classes for couples before marriage, sessions to encourage priests and nuns to be with families during their struggles. In short, they are determined to ensure that priests, catechists and pastoral workers receive better training in family ministry. In humility, they acknowledged that the current lot of priests and nuns were not mentally and emotionally trained to handle complex problems that families face.
-NLTCE News Network
(Source: Radio Vatican)