Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark has expressed his hopes of a development in the Catholic Church’s “welcoming” of LGBT individuals as a result of the Vatican’s Synod on Synodality.
Fielding questions from journalists at the Holy See Press Office on Tuesday, Tobin spoke about his expectations for the ongoing Synod on Synodality.
Begun in 2021 and set to last until October 2024, the synod is currently at a critical midway stage, with over 400 participants assembled in Rome for a month-long meeting that forms the gateway between the local stages of previous years and the implementation of as-yet unknown results that will chiefly emerge from the October 2024 meetings.
Underpinning this October’s meetings is the Instrumentum Laboris, which promotes Amoris Laetitia’s argument that the divorced and “remarried” can be admitted to Holy Communion as a settled point of “magisterial and theological teaching” – an argument that recently received fresh papal support despite contradicting decades of magisterial teaching.
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