Rorate Caeli

A humbling clarification

A few years ago, a Bishop who said something scandalous in his native language to the press of his native country would never have to issue any clarification (while, quite true, a few decades ago, the same Bishop would probably not have publicly said anything scandalous in the first place).

Now, the Cardinal-Patriarch of Lisbon, José Policarpo, was forced to issue a clarification regarding his disastrous declaration on "female ordination", thanks to the fast action of the "new media" - and, certainly, of someone in Rome; from the website of the Patriarchate [tip: a reverend reader]:

"CLARIFICATION

"1. ... The reactions to this interview have forced me to look into this theme with greater care, and I have ascertained that, mostly for not having taken into appropriate consideration the latest declarations of the Magisterium on the matter, I gave rise to those reactions. I feel, therefore, under the obligation of clearly expressing my thinking, in communion with the Holy Father and with the Magisterium of the Church, my obligation as a Bishop and Pastor of the People of God (cf. LG. nº 25).
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"5. The most recent Magisterium of the Popes interprets this uninterrupted tradition, that has its origin in Christ and in the Apostolic body, not only as a practical way to proceed, which may change at the rhythm of the action of the Holy Spirit, but as an expression of the ministry of the Church irself, which we must receive in faith. I quote the text of Pope John Paul II, in the Apostolic Letter 'Ordinatio Sacerdotalis': 'Although the teaching that priestly ordination is to be reserved to men alone has been preserved by the constant and universal Tradition of the Church and firmly taught by the Magisterium in its more recent documents, at the present time in some places it is nonetheless considered still open to debate, or the Church's judgment that women are not to be admitted to ordination is considered to have a merely disciplinary force. Wherefore, in order that all doubt may be removed regarding a matter of great importance, a matter which pertains to the Church's divine constitution itself, in virtue of my ministry of confirming the brethren (cf. Lk 22:32) I declare that the Church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women and that this judgment is to be definitively held by all the Church's faithful.'

"We are thus called to accept the Magisterium of the Holy Father, in the humility of our faith, and to continue to deepen the relationship of the ministerial priesthood with the priestly quality of all the people of God, and to discover the feminine way of building the Church, in the decisive role of the mission of our women sisters.

"6. In this year, in which I celebrate 50 years of my priestly ordination, a great manifestation of the goodness of God to me, it was good to present this clarification to my diocesan [people]. It would be very painful to me that my words could generate confusion in our adherence to the Church and to the word of the Holy Father. I believe I have clearly shown to you that communion with the Holy Father is an absolute attitude in the exercise of my ministry.

"Lisbon, July 6, 2011.

"† JOSÉ, Cardeal-Patriarca"
Now, if only His Eminence, the Cardinal-Patriarch, could be in communion with the clear mens of the Holy Father on the generous application of Summorum Pontificum and the Extraordinary Forum of the Roman Rite! Saint Elisabeth of Portugal, pray for the Church in your adopted nation!

16 comments:

Miles said...

Such ignorance of the magisterium, in a man that is a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and also the Dean of the Portuguese Catholic University, is quite strange at the least, but the Portuguese Catholic Church is a very surreal place where the strangest things happen…

Nevertheless, like “Rorate”, I hope that the Bishop of Lisbon can now show is full communion with Rome, applying largely and generously the Motu Proprio “Summorum Pontificum”, a papal document that he hasn’t considered in the proper way until this day, too.

May Saint Friar Nuno of Saint Mary intercede by Portugal!

Anonymous said...

This isn't good enough. The Pope himself should have demanded his immediate resignation....or accepted his resignation which he already submitted.

There's no question about it. This man is a heretic, and a hypocrit. He knew full well the teachings of the Church, but he gave his hopes and opinion anyway.

I believe that this little guy Policarpo was ignorant of recent Papal teachings on the matter of the ordination of women, as much as I believe somebody like Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh will be the next President of the United States,

Pseudonymous said...

Perhaps the "new media" could do more to promote awareness of similarly bizarre statements by Archbishop Vincent Nichols. The people of the Archdiocese of Westminster are owed an apology too!

Joao said...

Thank you Rorate !

Anonymous said...

They have lost the faith but have not lost the love they have of the position especially in European Capital's.

Henry said...

"Such ignorance of the magisterium, in a man that is a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Catholic Church and also the Dean of the Portuguese Catholic University, is quite strange at the least"

Let us hope that His Eminence is not opposed to Summorum Pontificum, merely ignorant of it.

In which case, perhaps if someone will apprise him of the content of this motu proprio--which after all is only four years old--then he will rush to encourage compliance with it.

Anonymous said...

Pseudonymous appears to be right. Please examine the link carefully.

J.C. said...

Please, let us at least be grateful for the clarification. Deo gratias! How many scandalous heretical comments have gone unchecked and caused such pain and confusion to the faithful and endangered the souls of the less devout or informed Catholics who heed them. It is encouraging to see a little justice when we have deprived for so long. Let's not be greedy and nag for more, even if it is right, but be joyful and encouraging to the Holy Father and the receptive Vatican official who facilitated this, through our gratitude and prayers. Thank you!

Johnny Domer said...

"...mostly for not having taken into appropriate consideration the latest declarations of the Magisterium on the matter..."

There's really only one term in English that can aptly describe that little part of his statement, and it rhymes with "pull spit." Are we really supposed to believe that a Cardinal wasn't AWARE of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis? Puh-lease. However, I really like this new romanità. Now bishops can't just spout off like morons; they actually are called to the carpet for things.

Anonymous said...

I presume that Henry is being sarcastic here. Of course this Cardinal-Patriarch knows about S.P. One report on this very blog noted that he visited a group of religious priests of whom wanted to offer the T.L.M. As the story goes, he visited these priests directly and, crying and weeping in their presence, begged them not to do such an evil thing, not to offer the evil Latin Mass. At the time, it reminded me of the Italian bishop who went on television and wept openly over the publication of S.P. in 2007. Yes, the Catholic Mass of seventeen centuries and more is so 'evil' that these 'holy' men weep and bawl and blubber at the thought that it might be celebrated again. That's how sick some liberals are. THey are sick puppies. They are deranged. Such men need their gold watches and their pink slips.

We can now pray that the P.C.E.D. will DO SOMETHING about the incredible resistance to the Holy Father on "Summorum Pontificum" in Portugal (also in Malta and in Lithuania, Venezuela, Central America). U.E. gives the Commission the power to override the local bishop in disputes between groups of lay petitioners and their bishops. Thanks to Cardinal da Cruz Policargo and his friends, our Mass is not available on any basis at all in any see in Portugal save Leiria-Fatima. And the two Fatima Sunday Masses are of quite recent vintage. It's hard to believe that there is no T.L.M. in Catholic Lisbon or in Oporto or the University City of Coimbra, &c.

P.K.T.P.

Loyolakiper said...

"5. The most recent Magisterium of the Popes interprets this uninterrupted tradition, that has its origin in Christ and in the Apostolic body, not only as a practical way to proceed, which may change at the rhythm of the action of the Holy Spirit, but as an expression of the ministry of the Church irself, which we must receive in faith."

I have problems eight the apologetic clarification because I do not think that it is heart felt and littered with unclear language. I hope the the authorities who forced this Prince of the Church to clarify his earlier comments are not happy with his current remarks.

I take issues with The comment of "the most recent Magisterium of the Popes" is this phrasiology to imply the possibility of change by a different Magisterium? I thought there was only one Magisterium that never changes because it's duty is to safeguard the deposit of faith, which never changes... Second, the Cardinal says, "which may change at the rhythm of the action ofthe Holy Spirit..." Again, he is not renouncing his former comments, but seems to be leaving a hope for change by "the action of the Holy Spirit". Third, the all male priesthood is not "a practical way to proceed", but points to the reality between the ontological differences between a male and female. I am not surethat this Patriarch know the dignity and sacramentality of his own priesthood!

Steve said...

"Let us hope that His Eminence is not opposed to Summorum Pontificum, merely ignorant of it."

I'm guessing he's opposed.

Can you imagine the response the Pope would get if he asked the Bishops to join him in a consecration prayer that mentioned Russia by name!!!

Louis E. said...

He procured election to a three-year term as president of the Portugese bishops' conference in May knowing he reached the retiring age in June,doubtless to make his removal in the near term more awkward for Rome.But are there more orthodox Portugese bishops in the wings?

Gratias said...

With Cardinals like this we need more cats.

This prelate is denying the TLM to the Portuguese and should be substituted on the very day of his 75th birthday (just like Roger Cardinal Mahoney was, to the relief of Los Angeles Catholics).

Gratias said...

Perhaps I was a bit too hard on the liberal cardinal. Just visited Vatican.va and on our Catholic website the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum is shown only in Hungarian and Latin. Not English, not Spanish, not French, not German, not Portuguese, not Polish, not Italian, etc. The enemy of the Church still has powerful friends inside the prelature.

authoressaurus said...

"This isn't good enough. The Pope himself should have demanded his immediate resignation....or accepted his resignation which he already submitted."

I suspect that there's more to this than meets the eye. He probably handed in his resignation while making it known that he had no intention of leaving, and that if the Holy Father presses the issue he'll ignore it, daring the Holy Father to send in the Swiss Guard. This whole affair is outrageous, and discreditable to the church and the cardinalate. Yet more fruits of Vatican II disobedience and "collegiality." Heretic.