Contra Ambiguity: Francis, Biden, and the US Bishops

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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, June 04, 2021

 Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.


There are strong indications that US President Joe Biden will have an audience with Pope Francis later this month. Biden will be in Europe for a NATO summit meeting, a United States-European Union summit, and a meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Combine this story with the offer of Cardinal Reinhard Marx (Munich) to resign because of his failure to work effectively against sexual abuse by clergy—a resignation offer combined with his praise of the German Synodal Path which seeks to change official Catholic teaching on things like homosexuality and the ordination of women.

Marx has been a key collaborator with Pope Francis, and it is not known whether his very provocative offer to resign will be accepted. So all this occurs against the background of the leadership pattern established by Pope Francis who, despite occasional remarks reaffirming the Church’s opposition to abortion and gender ideology (for example), has appeared to be steadily opening the door ever more widely to churchmen who go along with modern secular culture to the point of calling for changes in faith and morals. …

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