Pope Francis: Cardinal Burke, Faithful Worried About the Synod Are Not Defending ‘True Catholic Doctrine’

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The Pope appeared to suggest that critics of the Synod are defending ‘a doctrine like distilled water, tastes like nothing and is not the true Catholic doctrine.’

By Michael Haynes, LifeSiteNews, Sep 4, 2023

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis fielded a number of questions on his return flight from Mongolia, downplaying ideas of the Synod’s meetings being open, and responding to a recently published book warning of the Synod’s dangers. 

Flying back to Rome September 4, after his trip to Mongolia and the nation’s 1,500 Catholics, Pope Francis spoke about the upcoming Synod on Synodality and the Vatican’s relationship with China, which has come under scrutiny in recent days. (The Pope’s comments on the Vatican’s relationship with China are the topic of a separate, forthcoming LifeSite report.)

With the Synod on Synodality set to take place in Rome for nearly the whole month of October, journalists raised questions about a recently published book with a foreword by Cardinal Raymond Burke – “The Synodal Process Is A Pandora’s Box” – which warned the Synod is an attempt to “change radically the Church’s self-understanding, in accord with a contemporary ideology which denies much of what the Church has always taught and practiced.”

“Could (this view) influence the Synod?” asked Vida Nueva about the warnings posed by the book.

Pope Francis did not appear to answer the question directly, but first recounted a telephone conversation he had with a Carmelite nun, who told him of her community’s fear that the Synod would change Church doctrine. …

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