The unchanging Church teachings which you must not cite
By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 22, 2015
In a Bloomberg interview, retired Cardinal Theodore McCarrick cautiously agrees with the premise that conservatives are mounting “resistance” against Pope Francis. How? “Citing past pontiffs’ positions.”
Later in the same interview, Cardinal McCarrick speaks about the nature of papal authority: “As bishop of Rome, he is not authorized to change church doctrines, but to defend them.”
So if each Pope proclaims the same Church teachings, how can it be an act of “resistance” against one Pontiff to quote his predecessors?
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Sep. 23, 2015 4:15 PM ET USA
The Truth is neither "conservative" nor "liberal," so that rhetoric must be put aside. Last year's Synod on Family resulted in so much confusion and painful controversy precisely because it appeared to be "reinventing the wheel" from scratch, fundamentally ignoring the vast teachings of the Church already contained in St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body, and many other Magisterial teachings. The upcoming Synod will have no other choice but to repair the damage.