I came across this article on Father Antonio Spadaro’s Cyber Theology website. I found it a good addition to the other articles recently published regarding Cardinal Schonborn. My impression after reading the article is that this cardinal ” gets its”. I think this comes from his own personal experience which you will read about in the article. ….reyanna
By Father Antonio Spadaro S.J. April 2, 2016 CyberTheologia on-line
During the Extraordinary Synod on the family, that was held from October 5 to October 19, 2014, I had been struck by, among others, the intervention of Cardinal Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna. We had a discussion, after his intervention in the hall, during dinner with a common friend. Then he spoke to me of his experience as a son of a family that that had lived a divorce. His lucidity did not come from a merely intellectual reflection, but was the fruit of the lived experience. Strolling under the colonnades of St Peter’s, he spoke to me about the oblivion regarding grandparents and aunts and uncles in the synodal talks. The family, he said to me, it’s not only husband, wife, and children: it is a network of broad relationships, even composed of friends and not only of parents. An eventual divorce affects the broad web of relationships, not only a couple’s life. But it is also true that that web can hold up to the shock of the split and can sustain the weakest, the children for example.
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