Thursday, April 05, 2012
Pope denounces dissident priests who question church teaching on celibacy, ordaining women- full article in The Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI issued a rare and explicit denunciation Thursday of priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying they were being selfish in disobeying his authority.
Benedict made the criticism from the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in his homily on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises they made when ordained.
In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy to women to relieve the shortages of priests.
Last June, the group essentially threatened a schism, saying the Vatican’s refusal to hear their complaints left them no choice but to “follow our conscience and act independently.”
Cathcon- all this happened on the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna's watch. It will be now more or less impossible for him to play the appeaser given the Pope's dramatic intervention.