What does this mean for Catholics? —GetReligion

Like any series of meetings not open to the public, it all meant playing out on social media and in the Catholic press across the doctrinal spectrum.

LifeSiteNews, a conservative Catholic news site, contacted the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Archdiocese of Boston, and the Hank Center at Loyola University of Chicago, “for more information about the conference, as well as the reason for the general avoidance of the media. No response has been received at the time of publication.

The panels, according to those present, included the impact of wealthy conservative influence on Catholicism and media companies, polarization among American bishops and the atmosphere of education in American seminaries.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, one of the attendees, said afterwards that part of the purpose of the event was to “understand the spirit of what they call ‘the opposition’”.

“We have what they call ‘opposition’ to the pope,” Rodriguez, who is also the coordinator of the Pope’s Advisory Council of Cardinals, said. says NCR. “It’s about trying to build walls, to go back – referring to the old liturgy or maybe to things before Vatican II.

“Vatican II is unknown to many younger generations,” he added. “So you have to come back and see that all of Pope Francis’ reforms are rooted in Vatican II.”

Some Catholics, seeing that Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago was present, saw the meeting as a chance for progressives to gain control of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since 2019, the USCCB has been led by Jose Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles and a traditionalist whom Pope Francis did not give a red hat to despite the oversight of America’s largest archdiocese and the traditional house of a cardinal.

The concerns of those on the Catholic right are not entirely unfounded. In 2016, Vatican watcher John L. Allen, Jr., wrote that Pope Francis “engineered what could prove to be a seismic shift in the Catholic hierarchy in the United States, elevating not one or two, but three new American cardinals seen as belonging to the centrist, non-cultural warrior wing of the country. hierarchy.”

The list included 13 new cardinal electors, that is, those under 80 and eligible to vote for the next pope, and included three Americans. The three Americans? Then-Archbishops Blase Cupich of Chicago and Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis, and Cardinal Kevin Farrell of Dallas.

CONTINUE READING: Catholic bishops meet in secret to discuss ‘culture war’ issues – what does this mean for the Church?” by Clemente Lisi at unplugged religion.

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