Bishop Tobin: Synod voting concept “strikes me as being rather Protestant”


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The Synod discussions

The Synod discussions

The conservative US bishop publishes some comments on the Synod on his diocese’s website. One of them reads: “Pope Francis is fond of “creating a mess.” Mission accomplished”

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“The concept of having a representative body of the Church voting on doctrinal applications and pastoral solutions strikes me as being rather Protestant,” conservative US bishop, Thomas J. Tobin wrote on the website of the Catholic diocese of Providence, commenting on the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family. Bishop Tobin has criticized Pope Francis in the past for apparently paying too little attention to pro-life issues such as abortion. The bishop did not attend the Synod discussions which recently concluded in the Vatican. One of his “random thoughts” on the Synod reads: “In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis suggests, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, counter-cultural, prophetic voice, a voice that the world needs to hear.”


“I wonder,” the bishop asks himself, “what the Second Vatican Council would have looked like and what it would have produced if the social media had existed at that time.” The American prelate expressed his esteem for Cardinal Leo Burke, whom he defined as a “principled, articulate and fearless spokesman for the teachings of the Church.” He concluded with the following two thoughts: “Pope Francis is fond of “creating a mess.” Mission accomplished.” And “Relax. God’s still in charge.”

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