he pontiff took the decision to put a partial lifting of priestly celibacy up for discussion and a possible vote by Brazilian bishops following a request made by Cardinal Claudio Hummes, the president of the Episcopal Commission for the Amazon, Il Messaggero newspaper quoted the sources saying.
ardinal Hummes reportedly asked Francis to consider ordaining so-called viri probati, married men of great faith, capable of ministering spiritually to the many remote communities in the Amazon where there is a shortage of priests, and evangelical Christians and pagan sects are displacing Catholicism.
he cardinal's request has been echoed by Monsignor Erwin Krautler, the secretary of the Episcopal Commission.
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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”.
Now, that means that we will never, as it were, drift so far from the core revelation of God in Jesus as to get in a total mess.
It does not protect us from every error of judgment, particularly in a conflictual situation.” n 1997, the Vatican’s then doctrinal chief Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said that it was not quite true that “the Holy Spirit picks out the Pope”; rather, “Probably the only assurance he offers is that the thing cannot be totally ruined.”....
He also accuses Francis of “demeaning the importance of Church doctrine” and being resentful (and vindictive) towards his critics.