THE EUCHARIST AND MARRIAGE. THE TESTIMONY OF NON-CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS Today have spoken up Christian religions other than Catholic. The Syrian Orthodox Archbishop: ''The Eucharist is not a prize''

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Members of other Christian religions have spoken up during today’s work session of the Synod of the family. The Reverend Timothy Thornton, Anglican bishop from Truro, has talked also during the daily briefing. “We are learning from each other: it is a true sign of hope”, he said in the Vatican’s press room, after having stressed during the discussion that, from his point of view, the Synod Fathers have talked too little about the fact that a “crucial issue for the family is change”, and that there is risk to present the family as something fixed.

The interventions were very diversified. According to the Coptic Orthodox Egyptian metropolitan of Damietta, Kafr Elsheikh e Elbarari, for example, we need to explain homosexuals “in a tender, tolerant, and convincing way” that their tendency is a “grave sin forbidden by God”. For the Syrian Orthodox archbishop of Zahle and Bekaa, Mar Youstinos Boulos, the Eucharist is “a medicine for wounded souls” and not “a prize or a reward”; according to Tim MacQuiban from the World Methodist Council, when it is said that children are a “gift”, more attention should be paid to couples without children, single people and non-married couples; Robert Welsh, from the Church of the disciples of Christ, has pointed out that when he goes to mass with his Catholic grandson, he cannot receive Holy Communion, and this causes him “great suffering”.

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