"Shows retrograde direction of the papacy of Benedict XVI."
Vienna - The Catholic grass-roots movement "We Are Church" has criticised the lifting of the excommunication of the four ultra-conservative followers of the late Archbishop Marcel (Cathcon- they can’t even get the name right) Lefebvre by Pope Benedict XVI.. "The lifting of the excommunication shows the retrograde direction of the papacy of Benedict XVI.", the organization announced in a press release.
They pointed out that the decision had been taken on the 50th Anniversary of the announcement of the Vatican by (Cathcon addition - Pope)John XXIII. With the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church opened its door to other religions and initiated a modernization process. Traditionalist circles, such as those to Lefebvre, see the council decisions, however, as a dilution of Catholic doctrine.
The withdrawal of the excommunication of Lefebvre supporters "may be seen as an encouraging sign of the Pope's willingness for reconciliation to be seen," writes "We Are Church". "There remains a bad taste," especially since the Pope only stretched out one of his two arms. "Would it not now be time, with the second arm also to bring home those, who were punished by teaching bans and excommunication because they represented the good news of Jesus as a political structure for the poor of this world or consecrated women priests or supported the use of condoms to protect against AIDS " asks the organization, which collected in the 1990s signatures of hundreds of thousands of Austrian Catholics for the priesthood of women and the lifting of the celibacy.
"The picture that Benedict XVI conveys is no future, but is stuck the past. Many committed Christians from all over the world were excommunicated because they are continued with unwanted acts to make the church 'contemporary'. For them the Pope did not stretch out his arms, rather it means they are still not welcome," criticized the platform in its release.