Despite the Synod’s vote, Bishop Bonny says that the fact that the position of gay and divorced Catholics was discussed at all means that progress has been made.
"It is important that a dialogue has been opened”, Bishop Bonny said. In his letter sent last month the Bishop of Antwerp called on is fellow Bishops to accept homosexuals and divorcees. However, he has yet to receive any formal response from Rome.
“Legacy of predecessors still weighs heavily”
The canon law expert Rik Torfs told the VRT that although Pope Francis is a progressive Pope, the legacy of his predecessors still weighs heavily.
"The two previous Popes always selected conservative bishops to serve on the Synod; these are people that often are not in touch with reality and the ordinary believers”.