Pope Francis Excommunicates Priest Who Backed Women’s Ordination and Gays

Many in the Leftist press I believe have been misinterpreting Pope Francis as some sort of “radical” pope with very Liberal views.That’s a bunch of wishful thinking.

Time reports despite his reforming attitude, Francis still supports traditional doctrine.Father Greg Reynolds of Melbourne, Australia found out last week that Pope Francis had excommunicated him, and he was shocked. Granted, Reynolds holds less than traditional views in the Catholic Church–he supports women’s ordination and gay The Inauguration Mass For Pope Francismarriage–but Pope Francis has more than hinted lately that the Church needs to adopt a new tone towards those social issues. “I am very surprised that this order has come under his watch; it seems so inconsistent with everything else he has said and done,” Reynolds told the National Catholic Reporter, a widely read source for Catholic news.

Excommunication is a severe penalty in the Catholic Church. Today it is the church’s harshest punishment, and it means an individual can no longer participate in the sacraments or worship ceremonies, much less ever officiate a mass again. Reynolds’ letter of excommunication itself contained no official explanation for his

excommunication. It accused Reynolds of heresy and claimed he had violated the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Reynolds told the National Catholic Reporter that he also believes he was excommunicated because of his support for the gay community. He has officiated mass weddings for gay couples, even though he claimed they were unofficial, and he justified his actions as a call for reform. “I still love the church and am committed to it,”: he told the Standard newspaper, arguing he was trying “to help highlight some of the failing and limitations.”

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Pope Francis is every bit as conservative as his predecessors.: :  He just speaks more pastorally

Originally published at The Last Tradition

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