Pope rebukes Catholic elders at closing of synod on family

Washington Post

By Anthony Faiola October 25

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday delivered an extraordinary rebuke to church elders at the closing of a landmark summit on the family here, suggesting they had been too dogmatic and quick to exclude a broader array of people deserving of God’s grace.

In a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the end of the three-week summit — known as a synod — Francis took aim at narrowness and false piety, focusing his homily on the biblical story of a blind man named Bartimaeus whom Jesus engages during a journey.

“None of the disciples stopped, as Jesus did,” Francis said in what a times sounded like a scolding tone.

He continued, “if Bartimaeus was blind, they were deaf. His problem was not their problem. This can be a danger for us. In the face of constant problems, it is better to move on, instead of letting ourselves be bothered. In this way, just like the disciples, we are with Jesus but we do not think like him.”

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