Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, one of the bishops who have signed a letter of warning to German bishops for their proposed reforms, emphasized on Tuesday that the Catholic Church is permanent and enduring.
“The teaching of Christ is not bound by any one generation, any one time or culture,” Archbishop Cordileone told EWTN News Nightly on April 12.
Cordileone spoke after more than 70 bishops, including himself, signed an open letter to Germany’s bishops warning that sweeping changes to Church teaching advocated by the ongoing process known as the “Synodal Path” may lead to schism. More signatories have added their names to the letter since its release Tuesday morning.
While Cordileone agreed this is not the first time that German bishops’ actions have been questioned, he said that this “is certainly the most egregious, I would say, example of that.”
“I signed it because the German Synodal Path is sowing a lot of seeds of confusion about what the Church really teaches and … what its long-established discipline is,” he said. “It’s certainly causing a lot of confusion within Germany and it stands to risk spreading throughout the rest of the Church.” Watch the full interview here.
The letter comes after the German Synodal Path assembly voted in favor of draft texts calling for same-sex blessings and changes to the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a part of a “re-evaluation of homosexuality” in February. More recently, in an interview published on March 31, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx asserted that the Catechism’s teaching here is “not set in stone” and “one is also allowed to doubt what it says.”
Cordileone identified the German Synodal Path as a multi-year process of talks and proposals with bishops, clergy, and other laity about “what they call ‘reforms of the Church.’” He said that these reforms were “actually challenges to long-established and settled doctrine and also disciplinary matters….”
The above comes from an April 13 story on Catholic News Agency.