A Catholic cardinal suggested today (October 7, 2014) that the phrase "living in sin" for cohabiting couples should be banned, saying it alienated people from the Church, the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website reports.
"To label people is not helpful," the unnamed prelate was quoted as saying at a major Vatican meeting on family issues gathering some 250 bishops from around the world.
"The language has to change," he said, according to a spokesman for the synod meeting, who spoke at a news conference on the closed-door talks.
The Church should instead encourage a "gradual" rapprochement with unmarried couples, the cardinal urged. The synod began meeting yesterday, and its series of talks on the family are set to run until October 19.