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Patriarch criticizes Vatican’s ‘bureaucratic interference’

May 12, 2016

In a recent talk on the challenges facing the Chaldean Catholic Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako criticized “bureaucratic interference” from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Eastern Churches.

The patriarch was particularly critical of the Congregation’s decision to overturn his suspension of priests who fled Iraq without the patriarchate’s permission and were ministering in Chaldean parishes abroad.

Stating that the Eastern Catholic churches “know our situation better than anyone else,” the patriarch said that “it is expected that the Congregation of Eastern Churches would support and empower the patriarch.”

 
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  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - May. 14, 2016 6:44 PM ET USA

    This statement does not bode well with attempts at ecumenism with the Orthodox Churches.