Fr. Fessio Weighs In . . . Why Did Pope Choose Homosexuality-Activist Priest For Pontifical Council?
By DEXTER DUGGAN
Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former master general of the Dominican order, isn’t unique among certain well-known, dissident Church figures whose cultivation of a “Spirit of Vatican II” far exceeds anything officially done by that council a half-century ago.
Still, many faithful Catholics were dismayed by the May 16 announcement that Pope Francis chose Radcliffe as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Once again the direction of the Church seemed up for grabs, rekindling an issue of uncertainty for both the 2014 and 2015 sessions of the Synod on the Family.
The announcement by Vatican Radio indicated nothing controversial about Radcliffe’s reputation. It said:
“Ordained in 1971, Fr. Timothy is a longtime friend and contributor to Vatican Radio’s English Service. He is a well-known preacher and speaker, and author of several books including What Is the Point of Being A Christian? He served as master of the Dominican order from 1992 until 2001 and is now resident at the Dominican Priory at Blackfriars, Oxford (UK). He has been a member of the Las Casas Advisory Board and director of the Institute. He is an Honorary Doctor of Divinity at the University of Oxford.”
The liberal Crux blog, citing some of Radcliffe’s controversial statements, posted on May 16: … Continue Reading