6 October 2015
Over at the Vatican while opening the much publicised synod of Bishops meeting, the Pope has spoken at length of fostering love and understanding for all, whilst simultaneously saying the church has no time for passing fads such as gay marriage.
The Pontiff spoke at the opening Mass of the synod – a meeting of some 300 Catholic Bishops from all over the world. The theme of this year’s synod is 'family in the modern world' and the Pope addressed these themes in his speech as he once again reiterated his stance of marriage being between a man and a woman.
“This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.”
He also spoke of the "true meaning of the couple and of human sexuality in God's plan,"
The Pope also insisted the church cannot be “swayed by passing fads or popular opinion”.
Later in his speech the Pope claimed the church is “a mother, who doesn’t point fingers or judge her children”.
He also suggested the church must find ways to be more welcoming and compassionate to all people.
“The church must search out these persons, welcome and accompany them, for a church with closed doors betrays herself and her mission and instead of being a bridge, becomes a roadblock.”