Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Another Motu Proprio Sighting

I just read a blogger say she was compiling a list of motu proprio rumors expounded by irresponsible bloggers, playing with the emotions of traditionalists. Our nerves are frayed, it's true, but we're Catholics after all, offer it up!
This comes from Time Magazine with an interesting title. It's also somewhat gratifiying to hear the libs worried about Pope Benedict again:
"Eighteen months ago, one Rome-based progressive cleric had said he was "surprised to see that [Benedict] seems to be open to hear new ideas." But today, the same priest is disappointed. There has been no sign of any of the hoped-for reforms: overturning the ban on communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, reconsidering the celibacy requirement for priests, allowing gays in seminaries, or a softening of the condom ban to allow for distribution in AIDS-ravaged Africa. The release last month of the Pope's final document on what had seemed to be a convivial and intellectually open October 2005 bishops' meeting on the Eucharist is a good example of the Pontiff's approach. According to a senior Church official who participated: "He took all that debate of the Synod, and then gave us a document that simply defends the status quo." This same official acknowledges a bit of past excessive optimism on Benedict: "People were hoping that with his intellectual acumen and understanding of theology, he'd be in a position to make some of these changes. Unfortunately, at this point, I don't think we'll see any of them."

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