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Cardinal sparks row over whether Church teaching on family can change

By Inés San Martín

ROME — During a recent Vatican summit, the top official at the Synod of Bishops stirred controversy by reportedly telling participants they should not be “shocked” by theologians questioning Church teaching on matters such as marriage and family life.

Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri also reportedly said that if the aim of the synod is simply to repeat established Church teaching and discipline, then it would be “senseless” to hold it.

An anti-abortion group called Voice of the Family issued a statement Jan. 25 objecting that Baldisseri’s comments “further undermined church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage” and created “confusion.”

To date, Baldisseri has not responded.

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