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Cardinal Schönborn responds to conservative critics

July 05, 2012

In an interview with Our Sunday Visitor, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna responds to the criticism he has received for allowing an avowed homosexual to sit on a parish council, traveling to Medjugorje, and failing to take disciplinary action against Austrian priests who joined in a “Call to Disobedience.” In each case the cardinal says that his public action (or inaction) should not be taken as a sign that he does not uphold the teachings of the Church.


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  • Posted by: tmsharel5764 - Jul. 07, 2012 12:56 PM ET USA

    When he instructs about Catholic teaching, does the cardinal remember to teach about hell? That's really his trump card that will make decisions about sodomy and adultery easier.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jul. 06, 2012 8:03 AM ET USA

    I would like to believe him, but actions speak louder than words. The same is true with our bishops when they say they are pro-life yet refuse to take decisive canonical action against the public scandal caused by Catholic politicians who consistently vote against the Church's non-negotiable position on abortion.

  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 05, 2012 6:41 PM ET USA

    What the cardinal seems not to understand is that perception is just as important as any action taken or not. His responses amount to complaining that no one understands, but when the homosexual continues to sit on the parish council, the dissident Austrian priests continue their vocal resistance to the Magisterium and a prince of the Church openly visits Medjugorje one wonders who really doesn't understand.