Synod of bishops will 'let people ask questions'

Francis wants questions

US Cardinal Edwin O'Brien doesn't know what will come out of the Synod of Bishops on the family in October, but he believes it will be significant. 'I think Pope Francis wants to stir things up and allow people to raise questions,' reports CNS on NCR Online.

'I don't think we're going to see a change in doctrine, but we will see a change in tone, and we might see some disciplinary modifications,' says the former Archbishop of Baltimore.

Those modifications might include adjustments in annulment procedures, Cardinal O'Brien said. 'I think most bishops are very concerned that they have more say in annulments in a responsible way,' he said last month at a conference in Baltimore.

Cardinal O'Brien's comments were part of a wide-ranging address that touched on the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, the election of Pope Francis and a look at how Pope Francis has governed the Church in his first year.

Cardinal O'Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, was present in the room when Pope Benedict announced he was stepping down in 2013. The cardinal was also part of the conclave that elected the new pope.

The principal job of the Council of Cardinals, Cardinal O'Brien said, is to 'completely rewrite the central administration of the Catholic church.' The Cardinal said that the Curia will somehow have to relate to the new Council of Cardinals.

FULL STORY Cardinal says pope wants to 'stir things up,' let people ask questions (CNS/NCR Online)

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