Progressives Push Radical Agenda at Rome Meeting

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  •  May 28, 2015   

A closed-door meeting of high-ranking prelates was held in Rome Monday, pushing a radical agenda for the Church

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ROME, May 28, 2015 ( - A closed-door meeting of high-ranking prelates was held in Rome Monday, pushing a radical agenda for the Church.

According to Vatican journalist Edward Pentin, About 50 attended the event, spearheaded by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Bishops' Conference. The meeting, held at the Pontifical Gregorian University, included the presidents of both the Swiss and French Bishops' Conferences. 

Topics included how to welcome active homosexuals into the Church as well as those in adulterous unions. Reportedly, no one present objected to the possibility of Church recognition of gay civil unions. Discussion also involved how to allow those in non-sacramental, invalid marriages to receive Holy Communion, rejecting traditional discipline on the sacraments.

Some also proposed "developing" the Church's teaching on human sexuality based on a "theology of love," while a Swiss priest spoke of "the importance of the human sex drive." 

One Italian journalist present at the meeting called the discussion "revolutionary."

The proposals at the confidential Rome meeting echo many of those offered in the German Bishops' working document released earlier this month, which has come under criticism for its radical ideas. Issued in preparation for this year's Synod on the Family, the document pushed for greater openness to gay unions while downplaying the necessity of sacramental marriage. It called for more favorable views towards irregular unions, including cohabitation and adultery, and also hinted at changing Church teaching with regard to homosexuality. A total of six German bishops have since publicly condemned the working document for its lack of fidelity to the teachings of Christ.

The private Rome meeting headed by Cdl. Marx is notable for having taken place only days after the Irish same-sex "marriage" referendum legalized sodomite marriage in the historically Catholic country by a vote of nearly two-to-one.

A list of the bishops in attendance has since been disclosed by Pentin, and in addition to the heads of the bishops' conferences for Germany, Switzerland, and France, includes the following names:

  • Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, Osnabrück, Germany
  • Bishop Heiner Koch, Dresden-Meißen, Germany
  • Bishop Felix Gmür, Basel, Switzerland
  • Bishop Jean-Marie Lovey, Sitten, Switzerland
  • Bishop Bruno Ann-Marie Feillet, Reims, France
  • Bishop Jean-Luc Brunin, Le Havre, France

A number of priests, professors and journalists attended the event as well.


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Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Christine Niles is executive producer and editor-in-chief at

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