Critics of Pope Francis won’t rain on synod’s parade, says papal envoy to US

by | Sep 29, 2023 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — In the weeks leading up to the long-awaited Vatican Synod on Synodality Oct. 4-29, perhaps no local church has been more polarized or vocally critical of the event than the conservative community in the U.S. But according to the Vatican representative to the U.S., Catholics shouldn’t be too concerned with the pushback.“I think we should never exaggerate the resistance to the synod,” said Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the papal nuncio to the U.S. since 2016, in an interview with Religion News Service at the Vatican on Friday (Sept. 29).
“The people who are resisting are very vocal and they are also supported by a network of blogs,” he added, which can make papal opposition “look like a conspiracy sometimes.” Pierre is among the 21 nominees who will be made cardinals by Pope Francis at the consistory Saturday.
Following a two-year consultation of Catholics around the globe, bishops, priests and non-clergy faithful will gather at the Vatican to discuss a wide array of topics, ranging from power distribution to same-sex marriage to the role of women in the church. But some conservative Catholics and news outlets in the U.S. have described the synod as a Trojan horse, created by the pontiff to introduce pro …

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