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Church is a spiritual family and the family is a small Church". This is how Pope
Francis sees the institution he leads since March 2013. If this mirror image
between Church and family is taken literally, then it should not be surprising
that the changes that Francis, as patriarch, tries to promote in the family,
generate disturbances and discomfort among its members. In fact, some of these
discomforts, which could be expressed as open dissensions, can be seen in the
Venezuelan Catholic Church hierarchy.
aggiornamento that Francis - who turned 79 this Thursday - impulses from
Rome in matters such as communion for the divorced and remarried, acceptance in
faith of the children of unmarried couples, and some arrangement that
naturalizes homosexual couples, has found resistance in Venezuelan shores.
Perhaps the most important, and sort of concealed until then, was felt in August
when, just weeks before the second part of the Synod of the Family in the
Vatican began, a group of cardinals from four continents published in the United
States - originally, in English; one month later a Spanish edition appeared in
Spain - the book Eleven cardinals speak about marriage and family, in
which they stood up to Francis' ideas. The document was a great surprise to the
Venezuelan bishops, since among the authors appears the Archbishop of Caracas,
Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, the only Latin American in the group.