In his motu proprio, Pope Francis called for a “cultural revolution.” From the way he has taken to firing bishops and cardinals, it is clear that he is intent on a reign of terror. And the world has taken notice. My mother just called to say that the pope was on the front page of The Los Angeles Times. According to the bit she read, the story documents the shooting war that has erupted among the Church’s shepherds. Consider the following:
- Pope Francis followed up his sacking of Bishop Joseph Strickland with the stripping of Cardinal Burke’s Vatican privileges.
- Fr. Gerald Murray, a canon lawyer stated that the Strickland firing violated canon law because Pope Francis denied Strickland’s due process rights by not giving Strickland recourse to appeal.
- Bishop Athanasius Schneider called the pope’s actions against Strickland “a huge, blatant injustice.”
- Bishop Robert Barron criticized the synodal final report for recommending that the Church’s sexual morality be revised in light of scientific research. Here’s what he said:
A final point—and here I find myself in frank disagreement with the final synodal report—has to do with the development of moral teaching in regard to sex. The suggestion is made that advances in our scientific understanding will require a rethinking of our sexual teaching, whose categories are, apparently, inadequate to describe the complexities of human sexuality. A first problem I have with this language is that it is so condescending to the richly articulate tradition of moral reflection in Catholicism, a prime example of which is the theology of the body developed by Pope St. John Paul II. To say that this multilayered, philosophically informed, theologically dense system is incapable of handling the subtleties of human sexuality is just absurd. But the deeper problem I have is that this manner of argumentation is based upon a category error—namely, that advances in the sciences, as such, require an evolution in moral teaching.
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