Hundreds of US Priests Ask Synod to Affirm Church Teaching on Marriage and the Family
by Mary Rezac
Among the signees are seven bishops.
Nearly 1,000 U.S. priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming synod that was originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests.
The statement’s wording is exactly that of the English version, and it urges the fathers of the upcoming Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.
The organization Credo Priests has been circulating the petition and collecting online signatures, which are verified as U.S. Catholic clergy before appearing on the site. The signatory priests, sensing confusion among the laity after last year’s synod, said they wished to “re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the word of God and taught by the Church’s magisterium for two millennia.”
Among the U.S. signatures are seven bishops — three active and four retired. According to the Credo Priests website, the petition was signed in keeping with Pope Francis’ call for open and honest dialogue during the preliminary extraordinary synod on the family last fall.