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Vatican analyst raps Cardinal Schönborn for remarks on celibacy

May 28, 2010

In the course of an essay analyzing the latest discussions among leading prelates about clerical celibacy, journalist Sandro Magister of L'Espresso gives a harsh assessment of Vienna's Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who has said that a frank discussion of celibacy is a necessary part of the response to the sex-abuse scandal. Magister sees Cardinal Schönborn's statement as one in a series of public comments that seem designed to placate the "progressive" groups that hold considerable weight in the Austrian Church:

Schönborn is a well-educated man, a former student of Joseph Ratzinger when he was a professor of theology. In the 1980's, he collaborated in the writing of the catechism of the Catholic Church. But as a man of command, since he has been at the head of a Church so off-kilter as the Austrian Church is, he has shown himself more attentive to the pressure of public opinion than to his leadership duties.


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