February 27, 2013
Collateral Effects of Papal Transition
With all the discussion regarding Pope Benedict's resignation and who his successor should be, some interesting pieces can be missed. I would like to draw attention to just two of them that address some of the collateral issues related to the change in Church leadership and governance. First is this Washington Post article discussing, among a wide array of somewhat tangentially related issues, how the Vatican has seemed to change its policy regarding the role of Cardinals who have been accused of wrongdoing. The second, an analysis piece in the National Catholic Reporter, discusses the effect of a change in Church leadership on the ongoing dispute between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Whether one agrees with the analysis or not, both are worth a read to help underscore the dimension of potential change.
No doubt dissenting views exist in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and among many others professing to be Catholic. This does not change the fact that there is no division in The Body of Christ, His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, those persons who assent to The Word of God as He Has Revealed Himself to His Church in the trinitarian relationship of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and The Teaching of The Magisterium.
Posted by: N.D. | Feb 28, 2013 8:08:43 AM
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