Papal critic praises dubia by conservative prelates as ‘heroic act’

by | Oct 27, 2023 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A vocal critic of Pope Francis used a book event in Rome on Thursday (Oct. 26) to praise five senior prelates who accused the pontiff of bringing confusion in the church.In July, the conservative Cardinals Raymond Burke of the United States, Walter Brandmüller of Germany, Robert Sarah from Guinea, Juan Sandoval Íñiguez of Mexico and Joseph Zen of Hong Kong sent Francis questions on the blessing of same-sex couples, the ordination of women and the pope’s Synod on Synodality in the church tradition known as a dubia, or “doubts,” in which popes answer for their policies. The dubia came as tensions over the Synod on Synodality, which ends this week, were mounting.
“I consider the dubia a great work that will go down in history as a heroic act,” said Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, in Kazakhstan, at the Thursday event, which took place steps from St. Peter’s Square, where the synod participants were gathered.
Francis responded to the cardinals, but on Thursday, Schneider said his answers were insufficient. “The answers the pope provides are unsatisfactory,” the bishops said, “they cause more questions than they resolve. The answers were confusing and sought to confuse.”
Schneider’s remarks echoed those of Zen, who descri …

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