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The Tablet: Kirken i USA er delte i synet på hvordan man 'læser' Pave Frans

12. juni 2014

The Tablet skriver bl.a.:

Divisions are emerging in public among the American bishops over how to interpret Pope Francis – a split which is likely to be apparent as the US bishops gather in New Orleans this week for their annual spring meeting.

Archbishop Joseph Tobin, of Indianapolis, speaking at St Francis University in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, warned against a “balkanisation” within the US Church as rival ideological camps try to enforce their points of view.  He blamed the divisive nature of US politics for this trend but suggested that Pope Francis’ leadership style was contributing to these divisions.

“What I've seen is how disruptive Pope Francis has been within the hierarchy of the United States,” Archbishop Tobin told the annual assembly of the College Theology Society.

“I was talking to a couple of brother bishops a while back and they were saying that bishops and priests were very discouraged by Pope Francis because he was challenging them.” He added: “I think there was a particular image, perhaps, of what it means to be a pastoral leader in this country, and Francis is disturbing it. I think there is some resistance to a different way of doing the Gospel mission of the church.”

The archbishop paused, smiled, and added, “So, pray for Francis' health.”


The divisions in the US Church were also apparent in the response of several prominent theologians to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal by New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Commenting on the Pope’s meeting with UN officials on 9 May, Cardinal Dolan wrote: “From media reports, one might think that the only thing on the Pope’s mind was government redistribution of property, as if he were denouncing capitalism and endorsing some form of socialism.” Cardinal Dolan claimed the Pope was advocating for “virtuous capitalism” and that concerns about the free market should not cause Catholics “to reject economic liberty in favor of government control”. He suggested that the Pope’s critique of contemporary economic arrangements had more to do with crony capitalism in developing countries – “an exploitative racket” - than with free market systems in the US and Europe.

However, leading US Catholics took issue with Cardinal Dolan. “It wasn't Argentinean populist economics, Eastern European crony capitalism, or African kleptocracy that threatened the world economy with the worst recession since the 1930s,” responded Fr Drew Christiansen, S.J., of Georgetown University. “It was no-holds-barred American capitalism that did that.”

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Wikipedia: Joseph William Tobin

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