Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s leading prelate stated clearly that doctrine of the Catholic Church does not change from one country to the next. “’Catholic’ means ‘universal,’ not ‘continental’,” the Cardinal said in an interview. The Cardinal’s statement came in the context of some members of German conference expressing the view that they would pursue their own pastoral approaches regarding marriage and the family regardless of what the Synod decides.
“You cannot have two people in the same situation with the same dispositions; one goes to Communion and it (is) a sacrilege and in the country next-door it is a cause of grace,” the Cardinal said.
Cardinal Pell praised Pope Francis. “He is a very good listener” the Cardinal commented about the Pope. He added that both of them on the same page when it comes to the protection of doctrine at the Synod. “One of my concerns is for doctrine, and the Pope has said the doctrine will not be touched. I am not a rebel or an opponent of the Pope,” he clarified.