” the light the church brings to its members is not fixed like a lighthouse on the shore but is a torch that accompanies the pilgrimage of those seeking to live the truth.”

Synod of Bishops on the family

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis may be the universal church’s undisputed master of metaphor and analogy, but other members of the Synod of Bishops on the family are showing a willingness to use snappy images to get their points across, too.

Take the lighthouse beacon and the torch. According to synod briefers, who cannot tell reporters which synod member said what, one bishop Oct. 7 told the assembly that the light the church brings to its members is not fixed like a lighthouse on the shore but is a torch that accompanies the pilgrimage of those seeking to live the truth.

Cardinal Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti, and Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, retired archbishop of Pamplona, Spain, arrive for the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 8. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Cardinal Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes, Haiti, and Cardinal Fernando Sebastian Aguilar, retired archbishop of Pamplona, Spain, arrive for the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 8. (CNS/Paul Haring)

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