Cardinal Schönborn asks: Why so few permanent deacons in the Amazon region?
October 21, 2019
CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who will help draft the Amazon synod’s final document, said that instead of discussing the ordination of married men to the priesthood, “Why not start with viri probati [approved men as] deacons in the villages? Prepare them as catechists, as deacons, before asking whether they can become priests?”The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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Posted by: Randal Mandock -
Oct. 23, 2019 11:35 AM ET USA
Cardinal Schonborn asks in the cited article: "My first question was: 'what does it mean that 60% of the Christian population in Amazonia are more or less with the Pentecostals?' What does it mean for us, Catholic Church that so many of our people have left the traditional Catholic Church, what does it mean for our pastoral work?" What it may mean is that liberation theology, the resurgence of Modernism in the academy, and the destruction of the "traditional Catholic Church" need to be reversed.