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Some thoughts in defense of Cardinal Schönborn

Apr. 25 at 11:00am | Comments: 7 | Most recent comment: May. 27 at 9:47pm

Editors note: The following remarks originally appeared as several separate comments under Dr. Seifert's post below.  We asked for and receive Fr. Forlano's permission to collect and post them here. As a priest working in the hispanic community, I am in the position where a majority of my parishioners are living in ways objectively contrary to Church teaching on the dignity of marriage.  (Most couples are married civilly, if they are married at all).  These people love...


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Re: Some thoughts in defense of Cardinal Schönborn

Apr. 25 at 11:47pm | see this comment in context

Katie, I don't know what the lag time was between the Cardinal's meeting with Stangl and the Chrism Mass on April 2, but in his homily at the Chrism Mass, Cardinal Schonborn explains the pastoral challenge at hand and how he handled it if we take his counsel to his priests to be his motivation for and a description of the meeting with Stangl: 

'In order to understand and live the Creator's 'master plan,' it's important to recall the norm again and again'but it's not enough,' he observed.

'There is only one way to do this, a way that Jesus' disciples had the chance to learn: by coming to know Jesus better, by growing into his friendship. Only a lived friendship with Jesus can foster in us an inner understanding of the heart for the Creator's master plan.'

A priest seeking to be a 'good shepherd,' he said, 'holds fast to both these things: to the conviction that God's master plan is right ' and to the loving, patient path along which Jesus draws us into his friendship.'

I think this very public statement that reiterates the Church's teaching and explains his pastoral approach would do much to mitigate the public scandal.

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