Pope Francis ‘prepared to battle’ on Vatican reform, senior cardinal says

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Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga speaks during a press conference on Nov. 3, 2015, after a conference at Fordham University on Francis’ environmental agenda. Photo courtesy of Leo Sorel/Fordham University

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga speaks during a press conference on Nov. 3, 2015, after a conference at Fordham University on Francis’ environmental agenda. Photo courtesy of Leo Sorel/Fordham University

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NEW YORK (RNS) Despite intense opposition from some conservatives and new revelations of financial scandals in the Vatican, Pope Francis is at peace with his reformist course, says Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga.

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  • Bernardo

    Reform indeed. Tis about time the pope admits that he is not infallible in any sense of the word. He should also include in his confession that there was no resurrection and that heaven does not exist. Ditto for limbo, hell and purgatory. Now that would be reform. Details on each have been previously presented.

  • “the Holy Spirit does not have a reverse..”

    What a violent, unthinking phiosophy.

    “The kingdom of heaven advances through violence, and violent men take it by force.” – JESUS (Matthew 11:12)

  • Betty Clermont

    This information is just a google search away for papal lapdog Gibson: Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga is “the leader of Opus Dei” in Honduras which “participated actively in the 2009 coup against the constitutional president, Manuel Zelaya,” insidecostarica.com As a result, Honduras is today “the most unequal country in Latin America,” the report says, citing a litany of statistics: poverty among Hondurans has risen 4.5 percentage points from 2006 to 2013; underemployment and unemployment have also risen; the percentage of those working full time but receiving less than the minimum wage has increased by nearly 30 percent. All the while, “low minimum wages, unpaid overtime and a failure to enforce labor laws has resulted in a model that has benefited multinational corporations and continues to fail workers and their families.” ncronline.org Honduras now has the highest homicide rate in the world fueled by the drug trade and government corruption. npr.org

  • Bernardo
  • Dominic

    The Press does a grave disservice to those Cardinals they label conservatives. It may just as well call them backward lunatics for the way they describe their input in the workings of the Catholic Church.
    The Pope will never change Doctrine, but his speeches are lauded by the Press as enthusiastic liberal advances in Catholicism. Not true, the Pope is as protective of the Deposit of Faith as any arch-conservative Bishop. His call is for a more merciful approach to situations that the Church had become dismissive of. Jesus spoke with sinners lovingly, He did not tell them to continue in their sinful ways with his blessing. He offered them a new life, to follow Him.
    The Church, perhaps, became intolerant of blatant disregard of their guidance over the centuries by those who thought they had an even better truth. This is what Francis s trying to reverse….not the Law.

  • Michael Brennick

    The Cardinal has become unhinged over dark conspiracies he finds in all corners of the Church. He lashes out uncharitably in all directions. In this he is following his boss who feels that “gossip” envelops him. The Papacy of Bergoglio has been reduced to a chapter of Dostoevsky.

  • I do not like Crossan’s work. He speculates too much. There is no evidence a ‘Q’ ever existed.

    Paul’s letters describe a Christianity which was already in existence for many years – Paul only found Jesus “IN the Scriptures” which literally means he looked to Scripture to get answers about who Jesus was.
    Paul (and many of his contemporaries apparently) looked to Psalm 22 as their guide.

    The best evidence we have:
    After the sacking of Jerusalem, Mark was the first gospel (around 70 C.E).
    It is a careful mythologizing of a mystery religion. The other Gospels – even John – used Mark and continued to embroider and redact a fictional storyline.

    If a real Jesus inspired these stories that person is lost. The gospels are too carefully contrived to be trusted.

  • Bernardo

    From the referenced site:

    A translation of Matt 11: 12 by Professor Bruce Chilton:

    “And the law and the prophets were until John and then
    the kingdom of god avails itself and everyone avails himself of it. “

  • This ‘analysis’ is incoherent. I don’t see any scholarship behind it.

  • Bernardo

    Said scholars were translating from Aramaic and Greek and yet you do not consider them scholars? What languages are you skilled in so that you may refute their findings?

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Holy Spirit is all powerful. Fighting against such a Mighty Force can take mortal fellowmen nowhere.

  • Bernardo

    Dr. Cajetan Coelh,

    The holy spirit formerly the holy ghost:

    A few observations:

    Matt 1:18-25: , pp. 123-124, “The fathering of Jesus from the Holy Spirit and his birth from the virgin Mary are unhistorical”. Ludemann gives a very detailed analysis to support his conclusions. One part being the lack of attestations to these events and the late time strata of said story.

    The holy spirit, another paranormal thingie seen in dreams and hallucinations as a white dove/pigeon.

    The Creed and its problems:

    “I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.”

    Problem: Breaking down God into three parts violates the First Commandment.