- Oct 21, 2020
On the heels of a bold call by Amazon region bishops for married men to become priests, Pope Francis is urging openness to new ways, and in a possible slap at conservative critics who fear he is weakening the Catholic Church’s foundations, he cautions faithful against entering the “swampy waters of ideologies.”
Capping off the Synod, Pope Francis directed the attention of the global Church to the poor of the Amazon.
On the eve of the conclusion of the Oct. 6-27 Vatican summit on the Amazon, one of the participants said he regrets that too much of the discussion has been about ordaining married men to the priesthood and women to the diaconate.
Saying he was speaking as the “Bishop of Rome,” meaning the head of the local church in the Eternal City, Pope Francis requested “pardon” Friday from anyone who was offended by the theft of the indigenous statues of a naked pregnant woman and their being thrown into the Tiber River.
According to Mexico’s most important cardinal, the Catholics who stole the small wood statue of a topless pregnant woman and those within the Church who are climate change deniers are the “black sheep” of the 1.3 billion-member family that is the Catholic Church.
The role of women in Church served as the major theme at Wednesday’s Vatican press briefing.