Yesterday a letter was released, written by Father Thomas Weinandy, OFM Cap, to Pope Francis. It is similar in tone and content to the four cardinals' dubia, even though Father Weinandy has distanced himself from the dubia. I link to the full text here, as posted on Crud's website. Please note that it is a pdf; I'd advise that you save it to your own computers, lest it (ahem!) "disappears".
Father Weinandy is a former chief of staff for the USCCB's Committee on Doctrine and a current member of the Vatican's International Theological Commission. He was a consultant to the former committee until today, when he was compelled to resign that position because of his letter. So much for "dialogue" and "collegiality"! Meanwhile, Father James Martin can blather on about "Jesus being challenged by the Canaanite woman" and how "Mary accused God of lying to her", and he's still allowed to prance about at will, spreading his bile everywhere he wants without the USCCB uttering so much as a peep in protest. UPDATE: Lepanto Institute reports that this same USCCB that fired Father Weinandy with all haste still retains a Planned Parenthood supporter on its payroll. Please do not give to any USCCB-related collection.
In Father's third-to-last paragraph, he states that "many fear that if they speak their mind, they will be marginalized or worse". Ironically, the actions of Cardinal De Nardo (and some of the questionable bishops cited by Father Weinandy) only serve to prove Father's point. Am I surprised by this dismissal? Not at all! Given the gestapo-like conduct of the Vatican and their local henchmen, I would have been surprised (albeit pleasantly) if Father was not given the boot. I'd be willing to bet that soon he'll no longer have a role to play in the Vatican's International Theological Commission.
I've been acquainted with Father for close to 30 years, going back to our time in the Mother of God Community. In the mid 1990s, when the cult leaders of MOG were starting to lose their stranglehold on our minds, it was Father Weinandy's letter (and another letter by another priest) that helped many of us articulate some of our thoughts about the situation. I pray that Father's latest letter will assist other Catholics in similarly seeing the light.
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