September 24, 2020

Catholic Synod: Cardinal ‘demoted’ by Pope Francis


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_78200714_78200710From BBC

A leading American cardinal has told BuzzFeed that he is to be demoted from his position running the justice system.

is a staunch critic of ’ moves to soften the Church’s stance on homosexuality.

He said that he was to be moved to the far less senior post of patron of the sovereign military order of Malta.

Pope Francis is leading a council in the Vatican on possible reforms to Church teaching on social issues.

A preliminary report on the initial discussions at the extraordinary Synod on the family was released on Monday.

Pope Francis is said to be more relaxed about homosexuality than his predecessors

The report, which was written by more than 200 bishops, said homosexuals had “gifts and qualities to offer”, and used more welcoming language when discussing homosexuality and its place in the Church.

Although it does not challenge the Church’s stance on gay marriage, the document was praised by liberal clergymen and activists.

_78368472_78368470However, it was also criticised by more traditional and conservative Church figures who rejected it.

was among the most publicly critical of the bishops involved in the discussions.

For weeks, there had been rumours that the Pope would demote him, says the BBC’s James Reynolds in Rome.

Last year, a survey launched by Pope Francis suggested that the majority of Catholics rejected Church teaching on issues such as sex and contraception.

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