Marcin Perłowski: The final document that has been sent to Dioceses of the Bishops' Extraordinary Synod of the Family has become a subject of discussion before this year's Synodal Assembly. How does Your Eminence assess the "Relatio Synodi"?
Cardinal Burke: The final document is considerably better than the one published in the middle of the Synod, which was incompatible with the constant teaching and discipline of the Church. However, it could be much stronger in terms of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church, because some of the issues are left open. As to the issue of permitting access to Confession and Holy Communion of people living in irregular relationships, as well as the moral situation of people living in extramarital sexual contact and the people involved in homosexual unions. There is still much work to be done!
Marcin Perłowski: Everyone has been invited to discuss issues of doctrine. What real impact can this have?
Cardinal Burke: Any discussion on doctrinal questions should be conducted based on the constant teaching of the Church. It seems that these doctrinal and disciplinary matters now are going to to the diocese, then the diocese will give its opinions, and then the Pope will issue a decision based on what he hears. But it cannot be this way! Explaining doctrine as well as church discipline is the responsibility of bishops, priests, as well as the parents of families. They should help the faithful in parishes and dioceses, and children in families understand the truth about life and mutual relations in accordance with this truth. Above all, you should not think that these are the things that a person could decide alone.