Can these Cardinals, who are opposing Pope Francis, say with conviction that they have never Sinned in their lifetime? If they have, do they have the right to be in the position they are now?
Nearer home, in Archdiocese of Bombay we have clergy with similar mentality; though, if confronted with the same question, they too will have no answer. But they never fail to preach values which they don’t practice themselves. They do not even respond to Parishioners who question their illogical actions. On the contrary, the Parishioner is termed as anti Christ.
We have come across an incident, which has been posted on this blog and will be continued to be posted, where a stand is taken by clergy, to FORGIVE AND FORGET, when a parishioner is questioning about the humiliation he has been put through; Now that The Clergy and his stooges in the PPC are cornered by the same Parishioner. Isn’t this against the Christian Value? Instead of getting the matter settled amicably, the Clergy is playing divide and Rule, in favour of main culprit in order to shield him.
We believe, the Archbishop has instructed the parish authorities to settle the matter amicably. Are Parish authorities following his instructions? This is also reminiscent to what the Cardinals are doing to Pope Francis, We believe.
Debate sparked after Francis married couples living ‘in sin’.
Pope Francis’s hopes of easing the Catholic Church’s tough stance on remarried couples has hit a stumbling block, with five cardinals coming out firmly against reform ahead of a key meeting, Italian media reported Wednesday.
The Argentine pontiff, whose defence of the poor and vulnerable has stirred up the winds of change within the centuries-old institution, rocked traditionalists last weekend by marrying couples in Saint Peter’s Basilica who had been living in “sin” according to the Church’s rule book.
Of the 20 couples gathered in the heart of the Vatican to take their vows with the leader of the Roman Catholic church’s blessing, some had already been cohabiting and one bride was a single mother.
The debate began in earnest in February after Francis’s close ally German Cardinal Walter Kasper, tapped by the 77-year-old pope to address the world’s cardinals on hot-button issues, sparked controversy by calling for a more “merciful” approach to remarried Catholics who want to take communion.
In a mass in his private chapel, Francis also said the Church must “accompany… not condemn” those whose marriages break down.
Out of the uproar among conservatives has come a book, “Remaining in the Truth of Christ”, which brings together the opinions of five leading Catholics — including Kasper’s most vocal critic Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — and four other experts.
The in-house revolt comes ahead of a two-week meeting of bishops on the subject of the family in October.
The book’s editor, Robert Dodaro, sums up the essays in the introduction, saying the cardinals “are united in firmly maintaining that the New Testament shows us Christ forbidding without ambiguity divorce and remarriage.”
“The ‘merciful’ answer to divorce endorsed by Cardinal Kasper is not unknown in the old Church but none of the authors here, which we consider to be authoritative, defend it. On the contrary, when they mention it, it is rather to condemn it as going against the scriptures,” he writes.
“While there can be occasional transgressions, the fact they exist does not mean they are not transgressions, or that they are models to be followed,” he said.