"It's like the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people..." (1)
--Cardinal Raymond Burke, saying that "there isn't any good act that you can perform that justifies" Catholics who are gay, in nonmarital relationships or Divorced and remarried
"[P]eople who have children are not necessarily parents." (2)
--Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, Ireland, dismissing a proposed bill that would provide legal protections for families of unmarried and same-sex couples, as well as children born through assisted reproduction.
"Former President McAleese rightly challenged bishops regarding our lack of experience in changing nappies." (3)
--Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, in a speech about marriage before the conservative Iona Institute, in which he admitted he is "also lacking in knowledge of more fundamental day-to-day realities of the sexual, marital or parental experiences in a family."
"I will never question a person's decision of conscience even if he or she has remarried." (4)
--Cardinal Christoph Schbnborn, expressing his expectation that the Synod on the Family will deal "clearly" with the issue of Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics.
"Often going back to the original situation is not possible. When that happens, we need to be gratuitous with our compassion." (5)
--Cardinal Peter Turkson, referring to the attitude that the institutional church should direct to the divorced and remarried.
"I need an explanation as to why these things are not happening. Otherwise, I cannot see any point of me being on the commission." (6)
--Peter Saunders, a member of the Vatican commission on clergy sexual abuse, questioning Pope Francis' appointment of Juan Barros Madrid, accused of covering up a former priest's sexual abuse of minors, as bishop of Chile's Osorno diocese.
"There is a blindness here that comes from a kind of a priestly formation that leaves so many good, decent, gentlemanly men like Francis still carrying an element, a residual element, of misogyny ..." (7)
--Mary McAleese, former president of Ireland, explaining that the view of women espoused by Pope Francis and the hierarchy "closes them off to the dangers of not dealing with these issues."
(1) Jeanne Smits, "Exclusive Interview: Cardinal Burke Says Confusion Spreading among Catholics 'In an Alarming Way,'" LifeSite News, March 24, 2015. (2) Jack Quann, "Bishop of Elphin: Gay Parents of Children Are Not Necessarily Parents," Newstalk 106-108 FM, March 9, 2015. (3) Zenit, "Dublin Archbishop Recalls Synod, Reflects on Ireland's Debate on Marriage," March 24, 2015. (4) Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, "Schonborn Expects 'Clear Word' on Divorce and Conscience," Tablet (UK), April 9, 2015. (5) Hannah Roberts, '"There Is Already a Lot of Confusion,"' Tablet (UK), April 9, 2015. (6) Joshua J. McElwee, "Vatican Abuse Commission Members: O'Malley Passing Concerns to Francis," National Catholic Reporter, April 13, 2015. (7) Irish Examiner, "Mary McAleese Hits Out at 'Misogyny' of Pope," March 16, 2015.