A Third Bishop Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals

A Third Bishop Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals

Maike Hickson
November 24, 2016

After the wonderful news yesterday that Bishop Athanasius Schneider has come publicly to the aid of the courageous Four Cardinals who are challenging Pope Francis over the much-contested post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, a second Polish Bishop – after Auxiliary Bishop Józef Wróbel of Lublin, Poland – has now raised his voice in a similar way. Bishop Jan Watroba, President of the Council for the Family of the Polish Bishops’ Conferences, has now made a statement where he declares that he believes that the publication of the Four Cardinals Letter is “not reprehensible.”

According to the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost, Watroba sees in this letter “an expression of the commitment and care concerning the right interpretation of the teaching of Peter.” He stressed also that he himself is now “waiting very much to see an answer, a clarification,” inasmuch “as I myself have now been overwhelmed with many similar questions – just like other bishops and pastors.” Watroba spoke these words to the Polish News Agency (KAI). He added the following words:

It is too bad that there exists no unified interpretation and no clear message of the document [Amoris Laetitia] and that one has to add interpretations to the Apostolic document. I personally – perhaps out of habit, but also out of conviction – prefer such documents, as John Paul II used to write them, where additional commentaries or interpretations concerning the teaching of Peter were not necessary.

It is encouraging to see that more prelates have the courage to defend the Four Cardinals – especially after they have now been accused of heresy, apostasy and schism by another prelate.

Moreover, it is to be hoped that the Catholic resistance will now grow by the day. This will become even more pertinent, inasmuch as more and more troubling pieces of news are coming to us now out of Rome. Today, our colleague in Germany, Guiseppe Nardi, reports that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia – the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life – has said on 23 November in an interview with La Nazione (among other newspapers) that the canonical rule of excommunicating a person for performing or procuring an abortion might soon be removed. To the question of the journalist as to whether this rule could be removed in the near future, Paglia answered: “Yes, this is not impossible.”

Paglia continued, saying:

Whether it will be Pope Francis who will remove this canonical rule, I do not know – one would need to ask him. It is certain, however, that the Canon Law has been modified dozens of times in the last decades. Thus it would not be surprising if the progress of life would lead to an aggiornamento [update] of Canon Law. That is part of reality. The tradition of the Church is a living body, not a blocked set of rules.

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4 comments on “A Third Bishop Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals

  1. Bishop Jan Franciszek Wątroba, the first ordinary to speak up in defense of the 4 senior cardinals and their request for clarification on Amoris Laetitia. May he be the first of many more! Deo gratias!

  2. Paglia – the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life – has said on 23 November in an interview with La Nazione (among other newspapers) that the canonical rule of excommunicating a person for performing or procuring an abortion might soon be removed.

    Wow. Just … wow! How did this get buried? Did anyone else see this? From the Pontifical Academy for Life, no less. How much more of this can happen before Our Lord says, “Enough!” [And don’t think this is just Francis. Remember Abp. Fizzy and Fr. Mouth Lombardi blasting a Brazilian bishop who had punished doctors for “therapeutic” abortion. Benedict subsequently made Fisichella head of the PAV.]

    Well, they can try, but the excommunication is automatic, meaning, I think, that it is the direct consequence of the act rather than a disciplinary measure. The consequence of the “removal” will be, of course, that abortive women will not receive the proper teaching, not have true compunction, and will potentially not be properly absolved.

  3. The courageous interventions of these Polish bishops follows not long after the Lord Jesus Christ was solemnly recognized as Sovereign King over Poland.
    rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/11/its-official-christ-king-of-poland.html
    It calls to mind Jan Sobieski charging down from the hills to rout the Ottoman Turks whom had laid siege to Vienna.
    “Boze sbaw Polske!’ God save Poland… that Poland may save the Church!

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