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June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A member of the 2016 Vatican commission on the female diaconate said he was “manifoldly irritated” by comments Pope Francis recently made about the commission in which the Pope indicated that the commission had failed to reach a conclusion because of differences of opinion. He also criticized the Pope who "in contradistinction to his predecessor" is "not a deeply learned theologian" ["umfassend belesener Theologe"].
“I am manifoldly irritated about the media reports concerning the comments made by the Pope on his flight from Skopje back to Rome (8 May 2019),” German dogmatic theologian Karl-Heinz Menke stated in a June 9 interview with journalist Regina Einig of the Catholic newspaper Die Tagespost.
Trip - Skopje - Pope - Francis - Report
On his trip back from Skopje, Pope Francis commented on a report produced by the commission.
“The commission was made, it worked for almost two years. They were all different, all toads from different wells, all thinking differently, but they worked together and were in agreement until a certain point. But each of them, then, has her own view that does not agree with that of the others. And there they stopped as a commission and each is studying [how] to go forward,” he said, as reported in a transcript by Catholic World Report.
Menke - Onset - Commission - Instructions - Report
Menke said, however, that from the onset, the commission was given explicit instructions to write a short report about its findings that excluded “collective conclusions or recommendations.”
“For example, it was from the onset not to be expected that there would be collective conclusions or recommendations from the special commission; they were intentionally avoided due to the instructions given,” he said.
Light - Fact - Limitations - Work - Commission
In light of the fact of these explicit limitations of the work of the 2016 commission, Professor Menke corrected Pope Francis's claim about the female deacon commission's work, namely that “the result...
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