Keynote Speaker at Cardinals’ Meeting, Theologians See ‘Unprecedented’ Rebellion Against Vatican II in US | News headlines


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07 April 2022

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CEN Editor’s Note: 70 cardinals, bishops and theologians met recently to discuss Pope Francis and the Church in the United States. The National Catholic Reporter has just published the opening speech given by Massimo Faggioli, professor of theology at the University of Villanova.

“What we have seen over the past nine years in the Church in the United States, in terms of opposition to Pope Francis, defies imagination and has also distorted our expectations of the Church in ways dangerous,” Faggioli said. “We have witnessed unprecedented and rebellious challenges – sometimes from members of the clergy – to the legitimacy of the bishop of Rome which are clearly incompatible with the sensus ecclesiae” [sense of the Church].

“It is a phenomenon that is not limited to social media. It is something fundamentally different from the ‘dissent’ against certain aspects of papal teaching that we saw under Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI,” he continued. “And it’s something that needs to be called out for what it really is, without tactical silences and without complacency.”

“Neoconservative and neo-traditionalist voices within the American episcopate felt suddenly orphaned on February 11, 2013, when Benedict XVI announced his resignation,” Faggioli added. “There were orphans from Benedict’s pontificate in the Roman Curia, among bishops, theologians and politicians. But this sense of loss was particularly acute in the United States.

After denouncing Pope Francis’ criticisms, Faggioli appeared to criticize the pope for assuring the Priestly Society of St. Peter that its members could continue to celebrate the sacred liturgy according to the 1962 liturgical books.

“Particularly around Traditionis Custodes and the liturgical question in light of the ecclesiology of liturgical reform, there have been mixed and confusing signals from the Holy See in recent months,” Faggioli said.

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