For Cardinal Schönborn, the Request to Ordain Women is Not a Problem
According to his spokesman, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has “no problem with the requests of the Austrian priests belonging to the dissenting “Pfarrer-Initiative” - Pastors' Initiative. The Initiative was published on June 19th as a “Call to Disobedience”.
The spokesman explained that Card. Schönborn has a problem only with the polemical tone of the “Call to Disobedience”. Before representatives from “gloria.tv”, the spokesman stressed the necessity to further clarify the content of the requests.
These are the demands that cause no problems: ordination of women, lay-homilies, Holy Communion for adulterers.
Furthermore, the “Pastors' Initiative” requests Sunday services without priests rather than to rely on priests coming from another community. Other demands include a new “image of the priest”, married priests and the ordination of women.
Is one free to adhere to heresy?
According to his spokesman, Cardinal Schönborn supports the “freedom of all Catholics to advocate changes in the Church – even when he himself cannot share these demands”. In the presence of representatives from “gloria.tv”, the spokesman compared the requests of the dissenting pastors with the demand for abolishing Communion in the hand, extending the practice of the Tridentine Rite, or proclaiming the dogma of Mary Co-Redemptrix.
24 August 2011