In new interview, the cardinal questioned the infallibility of papal documents that affirmed the Church’s perennial teaching that only men may be ordained to holy orders, adding, ‘But for the moment, if Pope Francis tells me it is not an option, it is not an option.’
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The Pope has named Cardinals Hollerich, Lacroix, da Rocha, Omella and Vérgez to the C9
Meeting in Beirut in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey Feb. 6, participants discussed how to apply the principles of synodality to the difficult circumstances most local Catholics experience.
COMMENTARY: As Cardinal Pell, Bishop Bätzing and others would testify from different perspectives, papal interview controversies are not rare, but rarely corrected.
COMMENTARY: Cardinal Robert McElroy’s comments last week, arguing the synod is the correct place to overturn core Catholic teachings, have spotlighted how the Synod on Synodality’s leaders are themselves manipulating the process in pursuit of this same objective.
The general relator of the Synod on Synodality made a number of bold statements this week including the assertion that Christian Europe is a “thing of the past.”
NEWS ANALYSIS: While the prominent Dominican has decried political polarization in the Church, his appointment itself could fuel the polarization in the synodal process, given his public dissent from Church teachings on homosexuality.
COMMENTARY: Jettisoning the distinction between ‘orientation and activity’ means the end of chastity as a virtue to be strived for — or implies that ‘the LBGT community’ is not capable of chastity and should therefore be preached a lesser Gospel.
The Vatican’s doctrine office has stated that the Church does not have the power to bless the unions of same-sex couples.
Pope Francis chose the Luxembourg cardinal and Jesuit to serve as relator general of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, which was recently extended to 2024.