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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Day 3 of the synod

Every day you can read about the latest press briefing at Vatican Radio. Here's today's - Synod on the Family: Press Briefing Day 3 - in which Archbishops Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, Laurent Ulrich of Lille, and Salvador Piñeiro García-Calderón of Ayacucho o Huamanga of Peru appeared to discuss what;s happening in the small language-similar groups the bishops have broken into. Chaput is, of course, a conservative, and he commented about the necessity of keeping church teachings on marriage untchanged. Read more - Philly’s Chaput: Bishops sorting out into lobbying groups at synod

One thing that struck me today was this from Damian Thompson ...

I remembered that when I saw the list of those invited by the Pope to the synod, that name had caught my attention ... Cardinal Godfried Danneels is considered a liberal and in our church I guess they're thin on the ground, but he's also notorious in the area of sex abuse (see my past post). Here's a bit from the 2010 NCR article ...

Audio recordings leaked to the Belgian media this weekend reveal Belgium's Cardinal Godfried Danneels urging a sex abuse victim not to make public that his abuser was his uncle Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges, Belgium. The recordings show Danneels pressuring the young man not to force Vangheluwe to resign. Vangheluwe eventually did resign April 23. He had served as bishop of Bruges for more than 25 years and was 73 years old.

A spokesman for Danneels told NCR that the cardinal did not comment about his meeting with the nephew and Vangheluwe, during an earlier press conference, because "he assumed that it was a confidential conversation to be kept within the family." ....

Yuck :( More creepy - the discussion about Danneels and if he deserves to be at the synod is fraught with liberal/conservative politics, and this is just a particular example of the larger liberal vs conservative synod tug of war.


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