"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)

Launch of Geoff Robinson's Book

JGeoffreyRobinsonThe October 2014 session of the Synod of Bishops looked at the modern family through a pastoral lens, focusing in particular on situations where there seemed to be a conflict between church doctrine and pastoral need. Two subjects rose to prominence: the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons and the situations of Catholics whose marriage has failed and who have later remarried.

In this contribution to the Synod scheduled for October 2015, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson contends that, if the second session of the Synod is to find answers, it must first look seriously at the church teachings involved to see whether they might allow some 'room to move' in finding pastoral solutions. That is what he offers here.

About the author

Bishop Geoffrey Robinson is retired auxiliary bishop of Sydney. He was a student in Rome from 1955-65. Ordained in Rome in 1960, he was in Rome throughout Vatican II. His doctoral work was in Canon Law, though he has always maintained a scholarly interest in the study of Scripture. He taught Canon Law in Sydney, served as Chief Justice of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal, secretary and then president of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand and Chairman of the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Board and the Catholic Education Commission of his home State, New South Wales. He has worked extensively in the areas of ecumenism and professional standards in ministry.

The book will be launched by Bishop William Morris in the Dixson Room, State Library of NSW Macquarie Street, Sydney on Thursday 9th April 2015 at 6:30pm.

Entry is free and copies of Bishop Robinson's book will be available for sale after the launch.

As the room can only hold 180 we suggest you gett here early.