Antwerp’s Bishop Johan Bonny said the recent CDF document on same-sex relationships “undermines the credibility of both the ‘synodal path’ advocated by Pope Francis” and the “Year of Amoris Laetitia Family”
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In the letter, Br. Thunus explained that he was writing regarding around 1,750 religious men and women, most of whom are over 75 years of age.
The new regulation for Masses allows a total of 15 participants at liturgies, while previous measures only allowed for four.
An open letter to the Belgian prime minister, written after the Nov. 29 decree and posted on the website “For the Mass,” has been signed by 10,000 people as of Dec. 7.
It has been rumored that the Brothers of Charity might drop their sponsorship of the hospitals.
The board members have rejected direction from the Vatican and Belgium’s bishops not to participate in euthanasia.
In a Sept. 12 statement, the board defied the Vatican request.
Religious brothers say policy change is unacceptable and cannot be implemented.
The Belgian archbishop has drawn criticism for his handling as a local bishop of five separate sexual abuse files.
On March 23, speaking of deadly attack the day before, the Holy Father appealed to all people of goodwill ‘to unite themselves in the unanimous condemnation of these cruel abominations, which are causing only death, terror and horror.’ He also said: ‘The mystery that we adore in this Holy Week is a great story of love which knows no obstacles.’