ELEANOR HALL: Some priests are said to be in shock and there’s talk of an atmosphere of tyranny inside the Sydney Catholic Church today, amid accusations that Sydney Archbishop Doctor George Pell is stacking the Church Council with conservative religious leaders in tune with his own views on abortion, euthanasia and contraception.
The criticism concerns Dr Pell’s appointment of two new bishops in New South Wales, and some bishops are vowing to confront their leader to ask whether the appointments are part of a Vatican push to purge the Sydney Church of its liberal tendencies.
As Hamish Fitzsimmons reports, senior figures within the Church say the appointment of conservative clergy members to high office is part of a global trend in Catholic administration.
Notice the “with his own views”, as if his views might be different than the Churches view. It is sad that the definition of liberal now means that you approve of abortion, euthanasia and contraception. It is also sad that some bishops would confront another bishop for appointing people whose views actually are in line with the Catholic Church.