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Pope advanced cause of married priests, Argentine archbishop claims

February 21, 2020

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CWN Editor's Note: An Argentine prelate has argued that Pope Francis advanced the campaign for married priests in Querida Amazonia, even though the topic was not mentioned in the papal document. Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez explained that the Pope wants the faithful in the Amazon region to set their own standards. While the archbishop’s interpretation clashes with most readings of the apostolic exhortation, it is significant because Archbishop Fernandez is a close ally of Pope Francis, and because his essay appeared in the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 21, 2020 6:49 PM ET USA

    From the cited: "The remaking of the Church with what the Pope called an 'Amazonian face' has...slowly just begun." We've seen this before. A schismatic ecclesial body with a Lutheran face. A schismatic ecclesial body with a Calvinistic face. A schismatic ecclesial body with a Wesleyan face. In the end, every face that is not that of Christ separates itself de facto from the Mystical Body. It seems that instead of adapting pagan customs to Catholicism, we now adapt Catholicism to pagan customs.