Bridget Mary's Response:I think the most important accomplishment of the Synod is the affirmation of internal forum and primacy of conscience.Internal Forum is not a new church teaching, but an affirmation of current church teaching.. This teaching applies not only to the divorced and remarried, but to gay marriage, and women priests.
For the past forty years, .millions of Catholics have already applied this teaching in their practice of artificial birth control. Right now, in this Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis could create a more inclusive church by affirming primacy of conscience on all issues. He could lift all punishments such as excommunications against Catholics who follow their consciences on hot button issues such as gay marriage and women priests, thereby, making the church a welcoming spiritual home for all Catholics. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org