They call it a "great spiritual epidemic": American Cardinal Raymond Burke and a small group of fellow Episcopalians have now defended the traditional teachings of the Church against the spirit of the times.
As the National Catholic Register reported Monday, a "Declaration of Truths" laments a "great spiritual epidemic" that has led to worldwide "doctrinal confusion and misorientation".
Thereby "the spiritual health and the eternal salvation of many souls" is in danger. The text, consisting of 40 points, explicitly demarcates Christianity from other religions, emphasizes teachings on sexuality, remarriage of divorcees and reaffirms the traditional view of the role of women in the church.
Criticism of pope's decisions
The document criticizes the Pope's unequivocal stance on banning the death penalty. The Church did not err when it still held that the exercise of capital punishment is permissible when it is "truly necessary to maintain the just order of societies". Bishops explicitly reaffirm their no to participation of Protestant believers in the Eucharist.
In addition to Cardinal Burke, the signatories include Bishops Athanasius Schneider, Tomash Peta and Jan Pawel Lenga of Kazakhstan, and Cardinal Janis Pujats of Lithuania.