Motu proprio ‘The Lord Jesus, the Gentle Judge’ is intended to show the Church’s “closeness to wounded families”.
President of the German bishops’ conference says the problem of Catholics who are divorced and remarried must be addressed by the synod.
“It will probably not help Catholics who are validly married and who unfortunately are in trouble with their relationship.”
The bishops are to set up a special review group to examine how best the Church can continue to support marriage and family life in Ireland.
"Priests who left the Church to marry should be invited back and would bring the experience of marriage to their ministry."
Association of Catholics in Ireland host ‘Open Forum on the Family’.
15,200 people attended marriage preparation courses in 2013 while ACCORD delivered 50,952 counselling hours.
Bishop warns faith in God pushed from homes to the sidelines.