Conservatives insist Vatican teaching won’t change

by Josephine McKenna - Religion News Service  |  published on October 28, 2014

A day after signaling a warmer embrace of gays and lesbians and divorced Catholics, conservative cardinals hit back strongly on October 14, with one insisting that an abrupt about-face on church teaching is not what they’re saying at all.

After the release of a document with a softer tone on issues such as “welcoming homosexuals,” American Cardinal Raymond Burke and German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller complained the media was getting a biased view of the bishops’ debate.

“It seems to me that information is being manipulated in a way that gives comment to only one theory instead of faithfully reporting the various positions expressed,” Burke said in a full-page interview published by the Italian conservative daily Il Foglio.

In a separate interview Burke told the conservative U.S. outlet Catholic World Report that the bishops “cannot accept” any changes because they are not based in Scripture or church teaching.
The October 13 midpoint report was released as the nearly 200 bishops and lay delegates to the Synod on the Family called by Pope Francis broke into discussion groups.

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