Key Synod Official Endorses Queer Blessings

A top cardinal who has a central role in the Synod has voiced his support for Fiducia Supplicans, the Vatican declaration allowing blessings for same-gender couples. Today’s post features that news and other developments related to the debate over blessings. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg endorsed the Vatican declaration and Pope Francis’ vision for it in … Read more

Cardinal Hollerich: The Openness of the Synod ‘Will Change the Church’

At the conclusion of the Synod on Synodality, Pope Francis’ monthlong Vatican assembly, one of the meeting’s leaders said the freedom and openness experienced during the gathering will help the Church change in the future. While sometimes people had their “knives out” over an issue during small group discussions at the Oct. 4-29 assembly, eventually, … Read more

Pope’s Man In-Charge of the Synod Claims It’s Not About Radical Change

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich then proceeds to slam conservative Catholics. In two weeks, the Roman meeting of the Synod of Bishops will begin. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich is one of its organisers. In an interview, he explains what it will be about – and what it will not be about. Although there are some “hot potatoes” on … Read more

Fr. Gerald Murray: The Synodal Church of ”Me, Myself, and I”

The Instrumentum Laboris [IL] (Working Document) for the October Synod on Synodality, released June 20, embodies the now familiar pattern seen in the various stages of the synodal process. Certain questions are asked, others are ignored, predictable answers are given, and expectations are raised that a new Church, the Holy Spirit-inspired Synodal Church, will emerge … Read more

Cardinal Hollerich: Church Teaching on Homosexuality is ‘FALSE’

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg made the astonishing suggestion that early Christians did not understand what homosexuality was, in a revealing interview with a Croatian journalist. Questioned about his statement in February 2022 that the Catechism’s teaching on homosexuality is “false,” Cardinal Hollerich said: When the Church doctrine was being created, the concept of homosexuality … Read more

Synod Chief: Critics of the Synod ‘Won’t Be Able to Stop’ It

One of Pope Francis’ closest aides and a leading figure of the Synod on Synodality has singled out critics of the process, calling them afraid of a “Church on the move” and saying they “know they won’t be able to stop” the synodal experiment. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, the general relator of the 2021-2024 … Read more

“And The Word Became Ideology”: At The Synod, A Falsified Church

On Oct. 27, Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Synod, spoke first during the press conference presenting the Working Document for the Continental Stage of the Synod, a document summarizing what emerged from all the diocesan consultations. “Enlarge the Space of Your Tent” (this is the title of the document) … Read more

Top Synod Cardinal Calls for ‘Change of Cultural Paradigm’ on Homosexuality

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the relator general of the Synod on Synodality, has called for a “change of cultural paradigm” regarding the Church’s condemnation of homosexual activity and said that there is a “higher” percentage of homosexuals in “Church institutions” than in civil society. Hollerich made his comments in a lengthy interview given to L’Osservatore Romano, … Read more

DELUDED: Cardinal Hollerich Says Without Vatican II, ‘The Church Today Would be a Small Sect’

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the relator general of the Synod on Synodality, has said that he is convinced that the Second Vatican Council “saved the Church.” “If we did not have that point of reform that was the Second Vatican Council, the Church today would be a small sect, unknown to most people,” Hollerich said in … Read more