Doctrinal Purity Could Pare ChurchArticle here.
VATICAN CITY -- It's too early to tell in what direction Pope Benedict XVI may lead the church, but one of his long-standing beliefs may actually curtail the growth of Catholicism.
The Rev. Joseph Fessio, a student of Ratzinger's in the 1970s at the University of Regensburg in West Germany, said he anticipates Benedict will work with bishops to try to reshape Catholicism in the West.
By appointing more prelates like Charles Chaput of Denver and Raymond Burke of St. Louis, who during last year's presidential campaign said it was sinful to vote for a candidate who supported abortion rights, the new pope will effectively force Catholics to confront their lifestyles and choices, realizing their good standing with the church can be affected, Fessio said.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
How Much Is the Pope Willing to Bend?
Max Bonilla, vice president of academic affairs at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Fr. Joseph Fessio are both quoted in this article. Fr Fessio has high praise for Archbishops Burke and Chaput.