Pope John Paul led a special mass in the Sistine Chapel on Friday (26 September) to mark the opening of a world synod of bishops to discuss controversial issues surrounding Roman Catholic family life.
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Background: Pope John Paul led a special mass in the Sistine Chapel on Friday (26 September) to mark the opening of a world synod of bishops to discuss controversial issues surrounding Roman Catholic family life. The synod, due to last for at least one month, is likely to discuss the Vatican ban on artificial birth control, divorce and remarriage and abortion.
SYNOPSIS: The synod is the fifth of its kind since it was established by the late Pope Paul in 1965. It was held in the Vatican City and was attended by more than two hundred bishops and by more than forty lay experts. Among them was Mother Teresa of Calcutta who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work among the poor of Calcutta.
The secretary general of the synod, Bishop Josef Tomko of Czechoslovakia, says the synod will not challenge established dogma on sexual morals, divorce and remarriage. He said that not even the Pope could challenge God's laws. But the bishop did say that the church's ban on artificial contraception, widely ignored by American and western European Catholics, would be discussed in pastoral terms. This means that the bishops would discuss how to handle in priests and their parishioners the widespread disregard of the ban. the synod will take the same attitude to the problem of Catholics who have violated the ban on divorce, yet who want to be good Catholics and raise their children as good Catholics.