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Pope Francis next to a statue of Martin Luther placed in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. October, 2016.

A handful of the future cardinal electors are known to hold heterodox positions on Church teaching

By Emily Mangiaracina, LifeSiteNews, Oct 26, 2020


Emily MangiaracinaOctober 26, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis has named 13 clergymen to be appointed to the college of cardinals, nine of whom are eligible to vote in upcoming papal conclaves. This brings the number of cardinal electors appointed by Francis to 57 percent of total electors, increasing the likelihood that the next elected pope will share Francis’ vision for the Church.

Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, writing for Religion News Service, noted that when the appointees “officially become cardinals, there will be 128 cardinal electors, eight more than the canonical limit.”

US archbishop who is pro-LGBT

Among the named cardinal electors are archbishops known for heterodox stances: Wilton D. Gregory of Washington, D.C.; the Maltese Mario Grech of the Vatican-based Secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Italian Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints; and Celestino Aós Braco of Santiago, Chile.

The most well-known among them, Archbishop Gregory, has been a source of controversy for his heterodox views, political statements, and involvement in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) handling of the sex abuse crisis.

For a snapshot of his views, consider that in 2017 Gregory delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of one of the most liberal and heterodox Catholic organizations in America, the dissident Association of U.S. Catholic Priests. The group has published essays calling for priest-less parishesfemale deaconsmarried clergy, and pro-homosexual initiatives.  …

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