’tis the Season to imitate Saint Nicholas of Myrna!
The Catholic Bishops, of both the Greek (Byzantine) and Roman Rites faulted the document for ambiguity and blamed it for causing scandal and confusion among the faithful. There is no explicit statement of rejection or acceptance, which is a diplomatic way of saying, “It’s broken”, that is, “it will not be implemented”. — This is the weakest, explicit, testimony, but very sound criticism.
The Catholic Bishops of Malawi, a small country in central southern Africa have rejected the document published by Pope Francis on blessings for public sinners…
They fought fake praxis with right praxis, that is the Bishops recognized that there is a document but forbade its implementation:
The Archdiocese of Astana, Kazakhstan, has also rejected it, with a most stunningly explicit statement. This is the first and only Conference so far which has theologically and practically rejected the document in its entirety. Bishop Schneider is a co-signer …
With sincere brotherly love, and with due respect, we address Pope Francis, who – by allowing the blessing of couples in an irregular situation and same-sex couples – “does not walk uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel” (see Gal. 2:14), to borrow the words with which Saint Paul the Apostle publicly admonished the first Pope in Antioch. Therefore, in the spirit of episcopal collegiality, we ask Pope Francis to revoke the permission to bless couples in an irregular situation and same-sex couples, so that the Catholic Church may shine clearly as the “pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15) for all those who sincerely seek to know the will of God and, by fulfilling it, to attain eternal life.
The Bishops of Zambia refused to implement the document and said they will reflect on it some more since it goes against local laws against sodomy. — No wonder Pope Francis used his trip in the Spring to urge them to decriminalize sodomy.