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Pope attacks efforts at ‘restoration’ in Church

June 14, 2022

Pope Francis has launched a new assault on “old-fashioned outlooks” and “restorationist groups” in his latest published interview.

In a conversation with the Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, released on June 14, the Pontiff also defended his muted public comments on the war in Ukraine, saying that he is “against turning a complex situation into a distinction between ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys.’“ Citing an unnamed head of state who worried months ago that NATO was “barking at the gates of Russia,” he said that the causes of the war are “very complex.”

In his criticism of “restorationism,” the Pope said that many groups—particularly in the United States—are trying to “gag the Council,” and “never accepted the Council.” He claimed that “the Council that some pastors remember best is the Council of Trent”—following up by insisting: “And what I am saying is not an absurdity.”

Questioned about the German bishops’ Synodal Path, with its recommendations of dramatic changes in Church teachings—and its sharp departure from the teachings of Vatican II—the Pope took a more conciliatory approach. He suggested that some German dioceses are “greatly influenced by external pressures.” Therefore, he said, “I am waiting to discern until there is no pressure.” He did not identify the sources of the pressure, although he indicated that they were largely economic.

Pope Francis did say, however, that he had cautioned Bishop Georg Bätzing, the president of the German episcopal conference, saying: “There is a very good evangelical church in Germany. We don’t need two.”


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  • Posted by: dcnmthompson7484 - Jun. 15, 2022 10:34 PM ET USA

    Bored with the double standard. Compassion towards those seeking to deepen their faith in God by delving deep into a secular culture that rejects God and hostility towards those searching the 2000 year history of our faith to enter deeper into the unchanging truth. Who is this guy really?

  • Posted by: feedback - Jun. 15, 2022 10:13 AM ET USA

    What Francis calls “restorationism” is the natural and justified reaction of faithful Catholics to the widespread abuses of the Holy Mass, which was never allowed by Vatican II. Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium clearly states: 22.1. Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See (...) 3. Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.

  • Posted by: loumiamo4057 - Jun. 15, 2022 5:40 AM ET USA

    Somehow Latin is perfectly fine as the language of the church, for all the encyclicals, for the language of V2 itself. But Latin cannot be a source of spiritual renewal, it cannot be used in the liturgy. Just another item for the list of ideas put forth by Pope Francis that never get explained.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Jun. 14, 2022 11:13 PM ET USA

    As they say "a hot mess". (On another note, we continue to note the Biden-Francis regimes and their diametrically opposite to Regan-St. Pope John Paul.)