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‘A better way forward’: Bishop Paprocki responds to Cardinal Robert McElroy

February 21, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: “Much ink has been spilled about Cardinal Robert McElroy’s January 24th piece in America on synodality and inclusion,” writes Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield (IL). “Less attention has been paid to Cardinal McElroy’s follow up interview (Feb 3, 2023), also in America, in which his views on sexual immorality were more explicit and, unfortunately, more concerning.”

“It is important to recognize and identify what Cardinal McElroy is attempting to do here: he is seeking to revive the discredited theological notion of the ‘fundamental option’ that became popular in the 1960s,” Bishop Paprocki explained. “Pope St. John Paul II addressed the erroneous notion of fundamental option theory in his 1993 encyclical letter Veritatis Splendor in paragraphs 65-70.”

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  • Posted by: pamdelara5702 - Feb. 24, 2023 12:54 PM ET USA

    In two separate homilies, our Pastor commented: "Isn't it great that Bishop McElroy is now a cardinal?" and "One of my favorite theologians is Karl Rahner." I hope I'm not the only one in attendance at Mass who went on alert. Thank you for this article and for linking Veritatis Splendor. As I read it, I am so grateful that a Pope addressed the 'fundamental option' theory as an erroneous one. Thanks also to St. Athanasius, whose courageous example--full of the Holy Spirit--is a gift for the ages.

  • Posted by: miketimmer499385 - Feb. 21, 2023 10:09 AM ET USA

    Sadly, it makes you wonder how it is that McElroy is the Cardinal and Paprocki is not. The consequences of this inversion of abilities are unfortunately widespread. Readers of this site might wonder as I do as I travel the country, what is the theological state of the parish I currently find myself in. The Sunday sermon has certainly not provided sufficient clues, but my hunch is that many parishioners see their church as a social welfare organization thanks to the McElroys of the world.

  • Posted by: frjt - Feb. 21, 2023 8:08 AM ET USA

    Thank God for good holy bishops!