Conservative cardinal predicts Synod on Synodality could lead to schism

by | Aug 22, 2023 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Cardinal Raymond Burke, a former American archbishop and Vatican official who is considered the de facto leader of Catholic conservatives, has written in the preface to a new book that Pope Francis is risking confusion and even schism in leading the upcoming Synod on Synodality in Rome.“Synodality and its adjective, synodal, have become slogans behind which a revolution is at work to change radically the Church’s self-understanding, in accord with a contemporary ideology which denies much of what the Church has always taught and practiced,” Burke said in his preface to “The Synodal Process Is a Pandora’s Box: 100 Questions and Answers.”
The book, available online and published by a conservative organization called Tradition Family and Property, was co-written by José Antonio Ureta and Julio Loredo de Izcue, both South American scholars and activists. It is the most recent expression of dissent about the synod, called by Pope Francis three years ago to promote inclusivity, transparency and accountability in the church.
In a statement released Tuesday (Aug. 22), TFP explained the rationale behind the book, saying that “despite its potentially revolutionary impact, the debate around this synod has been limited primarily to ‘insiders,’ and the general public knows little about it.” 
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