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Cardinal Scola rebukes Communion and Liberation for criticizing predecessors

Catholic World News - June 11, 2012

Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan has expressed public disagreement with the head of the Communion and Liberation movement, with which he was once strongly associated.

Speaking to members of the priests’ senate in Milan, Cardinal Scola affirmed his esteem for the “rich legacy” of teaching left by his predecessors in the archdiocese, Cardinals Carlo Martini and Dionigi Tettamanzi. That judgment contrasted sharply with a letter in which Father Julian Carrón, the head of the Communion and Liberation movement, complained to Pope Benedict XVI about “a profound crisis of faith” in the Milan archdiocese.

In a confidential letter to the Pontiff, which was leaked to the public, Father Carron said that Cardinals Martini and Tettamanzi had given free rein to liberal theologians, who had created a climate of dissent from Church teaching.

Cardinal Scola indicated that his aides would meet with local leaders of the Communion and Liberation movement to “request the necessary clarifications” of their leader’s criticisms. The cardinal, who has had strong ties with the lay movement in the past, has more recently told reporters that he is no longer actively involved.

The publication of Father Carron’s letter, as part of the “Vatileaks” scandal, may have been deliberately intended to cause embarrassment for Cardinal Scola, who is regarded as one of the leading candidates to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.

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