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Theologian Honored by Francis Sharply Criticises Him

Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, a known theologian and former chief of staff for the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Doctrine, wrote a letter to Pope Francis telling him that he is causing "chronic confusion," appointing bishops who "scandalize" the faithful, "demeaning" the importance of doctrine, and prompting ordinary Catholics to "lose confidence in their supreme shepherd."

Father Weinandy asks Francis whether he has noticed that the majority of bishops throughout the world are remarkably silent although Francis frequently encourages them to speak their mind and to not be fearful of what the pope may think. Weinandy explains this phenomenon like this, "Bishops are quick learners, and what many have learned from your pontificate is not that you are open to criticism, but that you resent it." And, "Many fear that if they speak their mind, they will be marginalized or worse."

In 2013 Pope Francis awarded Father Weinandy with the Pro Pontifice et Ecclesiae medal for his work on behalf of the Pontiff and the Church, one of the highest honors in the Catholic Church.

In 2014 Francis appointed Weinandy to the International Theological Commission for a five-year term.

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Lisi Sterndorfer
The letter is as diplomatic as it can be...
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Catholicism101
True Tesa!! The USCCB had asked Fr. to 'step down'. So..essentially he was FIRED hours after the letter was published. The USCCB just btw, still retains someone on their payroll that is a supporter of PLANNED PARENTHOOD, but instead they FIRE a FAITHFUL PRELATE!! Besides this, their CHD initiative has monies going to 'reproductive health' (contraception)...this is a known fact.

The only thing … More
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gmcclung3
It is oh so simple and crystal clear:

Jesus: "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."

Jorge Bergoglio: "No one is condemned forever."

Inspired word of God in St. Paul to the Galatians: " I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different … More
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Tesa
Fr Thomas Pink on Twitter: "Just returned from academic trip to Rome - heard much along these lines from others... Brave to write openly."
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HerzMariae
Papal Biographer Austen Ivereigh calls the letter "bizarre": "Precisely these complaints were made about Vatican II."
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Tesa
USCCB has asked Fr. Thomas Weinandy to resign from his current position as consultant to the bishops, and he has submitted his resignation
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Jungerheld
Fr. Weinandy's preaching one Easter Vigil nearly 30 years ago has had a major impact on my life. His living faith has been such a gift to two generations in my family. God bless him for his courage in speaking the truth and faithfulness in seeking God's will.
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