Briefing on the Synod of Bishops on the Family


Female Moral Theologian at Synod Notes Satisfaction at Input of Laity, Women

During Today’s Briefing, Moira McQueen Considers ‘Democratic’ Element of Synod

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The synod is democratic in the sense that auditors are given the same forum for the same amount of time as bishops. This was the opinion shared by moral theologian, Moira McQueen, a synod auditor (non-voting observer), as she was speaking at today’s synod briefing in the Vatican press office, with the director of the press office, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Theresa Nyirabukeye, and German Abbot Jeremias Shroder.

The Oct. 4-25 synod is being held on the topic, “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World,” and the bishops continue to be divided into small groups for discussions on the Instrumentum Laboris, or working document.

McQueen who specializes in bioethical issues, spoke on her interest in the synod considering issues around the family at every stage of life.The academic was born in Scotland and now lives in Canada and has been working closely with the nation’s bishops conference.

She stressed that when auditors have the chance to say something, she finds the process is “democratic,” adding that the openness is “very positive.” She, along with the other speakers, also noted how much the contributions of laity are being taken into consideration.

She also noted how women and lay people are satisfied because they see their suggestions are being incorporated into the reports.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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