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Transforming the Family

Bishop responds to theologian's bizarre remark

October 7, 2021  0

A Texas bishop is calling out a Vatican institute for undermining Catholic beliefs about marriage and the family. But the concerns raised by Bp. Joseph Strickland are nothing new. Church Militant's Nadia Hazimeh explains years of troubling history about a good thing getting hijacked. 

Bp. Joseph Strickland: "What I believe the Catechism says, what Pope St. John Paul II emphasized, is society is built on the family as God has modeled it."

Those were Bp. Strickland's words Tuesday, speaking to Terry Barber of Virgin Most Powerful Radio

Bp. Strickland: "Compassion doesn't mean trying to redefine what a family is."

Bishop Strickland's comments on family life were in response to Msgr. Philippe Bordeyne, the president of the John Paul II Institute.

Its full name is the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences. It's based out of the Lateran University in Rome. 

In an interview Sept. 22, Bordeyne argued, "We theologians cannot continue to assert certainties about the family when we see the transformations it is undergoing today."

The monsignor has a history of remarks like this.

Earlier this year, he wrote an essay arguing in favor of "blessings" for same-sex couples.

In 2015, he challenged Catholic teaching on contraceptives, as reiterated by Pope St. Paul VI in the document Humanae Vitae.

Bordeyne was appointed president of the academic institute in March this year on the heels of a massive reshaping the Institute underwent in 2019. 

The president at the time was canned, and professors were dismissed or suspended.

The shake-up came at the behest of Pope Francis, following his 2017 apostolic letter aimed at rebuilding the institute from the ground up.

Many students are disappointed with the direction the John Paul II Institute is heading.

One of the scandals in 2019 was Fr. Maurizio Chiodi teaching a class on life ethics. Previously, Fr. Chiodi has spoken in support of artificial contraception.

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