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n his letter, dated July 31st and published this past Thursday (November 1st), the 71-year-old friar and former director of the US bishops’ secretariat for doctrine (2005-2013) accuses the current Bishop of Rome of causing “scandal” and “chronic confusion” among the baptized faithful.

n perhaps the most scathing attack of its kind, he also indicts the pope – among other things – with intentionally promoting “ambiguous teaching”, sowing disunity and committing “calumny” against doctrinally conservative theologians while giving “license and confidence” to those holding “harmful theological and pastoral views”.

n a move welcomed by Canberra and Goulburn Archbishop Christopher Prowse, the Concerned Catholics group has presented a submission to senior clergy ahead of a proposed plenary council for the Church in Australia in 2020.

It calls for Church leaders to establish pastoral councils in the Canberra Archdiocese, designed to give parishioners and lay partners an opportunity to participate fully in the response to next month's final report from the landmark royal commission into responses to child sexual abuse.

The submission, provided to the chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference's Commission for the Plenary Council, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, says the Church should end a culture of everyday Catholics as "prayers, payers and those subject to outdated canon law" and says compulsory celibacy for priests should be addressed......."here's a large number spread around the archdiocese who really want to be part of a group who stirs the pot.n an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Tuesday, the Archbishop of Westminster was asked by the presenter, Sarah Montague, about conflict within the Church over issues such as Communion for the remarried.ardinal Nichols, who chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, replied: “There is no doubt there is tension within the Catholic Church, but one of its great strengths is that we have a Pope – and we have a Pope who can say yes or no and then give you a hug.” ardinal Nichols replied: “The gift of infallibility is something that Christ gives to the Church which is expressed through the Pope.The issues raised during the hearings and preliminary reports of the royal commission make it clear there will be plenty adverse comment about the culture and governance of the Catholic Church and many Catholics want to have their say." rchbishop Prowse said he welcomed the "thoroughly documented" submission."I see it in the first instance as listening to each other, which is a great sign of respect and a sign of seeing where God is leading us.he cardinal's request has been echoed by Monsignor Erwin Krautler, the secretary of the Episcopal Commission.


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