Four significant quotes from Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, principal of Hekima University College in Nairobi and well-known African theologian:
1. “My reading of it (Amoris Laetitia) tells me that Francis reaffirms in uncompromising terms the church’s teaching on abortion, contraception, birth control, and marriage. What we must not forget is that (Pope Francis) is just as uncompromising in affirming the centrality of conscience (#303), discernment, pastoral accompaniment, and compassion.”
2. “Part of his message to us is that we need to refrain from the common practice of equating “irregularity” with “mortal sin” [paragraph 301].”
3. “If African bishops are wise, they would realize that the pope gives them license to be creative in addressing pastoral situations of family life and marriage. Francis is actually saying: “Don’t hide behind the veil of magisterium!”
4. “I believe that there is still a long way to go before we actually make the bold steps that are long overdue with regard to critical issues such as the role of women in church, homosexual unions, reproductive rights, all of which are broached and addressed in the document.”
RITE BEYOND ROME Response:
Fr. Orobator’s last quote about there being “a long way to go before we actually make the bold steps that are long overdue with regard to critical issues,”…this is why Catholicism needs a new inter-independent Vatican II Rite in union with Rome as part of the universal Catholic Church.
As an historic example of what a non-Roman Catholic Rite has already contributed to the universal Catholic Church, take “the small band of Melkite Eastern Rite/Church leaders, in a sea of Latin Rite hierarchs,” who brought their wisdom and long-term experience to the Second Vatican Council….”introducing such items as the use of the vernacular, eucharistic concelebration, communion under both species, restoration of the diaconate as a permanent order, creation of what would become the periodically held Synod of Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, while championing new attitudes to and less offensive vocabulary in ecumenical relationships with other Christians…” (From article “Eastern Christians in Australia” by Lawrence Cross in Australian eJournal of Theology 19.2, August 2012)
Do you think that the Second Vatican Council would have ever been an “event of unparalleled significance,” as Vatican II expert Gailliardetz calls it, without the contributions of the inter-independent non-Roman Melkite Rite/Church in full union with Rome?
Could a Vatican II Catholic Rite/Church, with every intention of remaining in union with Rome…could it help shorten what Fr. Orobator calls the “long way to go before we actually make the bold steps that are long overdue with regard to critical issues such as the role of women in church, homosexual unions, reproductive rights, all of which are broached and addressed in “Amoris Laetitia”?
More than shorten the time for change, could that inter-independent Vatican II Rite help save the Catholic Church itself, including the Roman Rite/Church?
Google Rite Beyond Rome.
(See National Catholic Reporter for full article on Fr. Orobator by Joshua McElwee , April 11, 2016. http://ncronline.org/news/african-theologian-responds-amoris-laetitia)