Cardinal Ladaria Withdraws From the Synod Without Public Explanation

Source: FSSPX News

Cardinal Luis Ladaria, SJ, prefect emeritus of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, asked the Pope to be excused from participating in the Synod on Synodality, the first phase of which will be held in Rome in October. Luis Marín de San Martín, undersecretary of the synod's general assembly, indicated that he did not know the Spanish cardinal's reasons.

The Vatican today announced the latest details regarding the organization of the Synod on Synodality, an event that has been in preparation for several years and which will take place in two stages in Rome, one in October 2023 and the other in 2024.

Among the participants, Cardinal Ladaria, prefect emeritus of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, will be conspicuous by his absence. For the moment, the reasons he gave to the Pope for not participating in the event are not known.

Is it weariness? Is this an implicit protest against the themes to be debated, some of which were decided by the dicastery for which he was responsible? In any case, it is understandable that Cardinal Ladaria has no desire to participate in an event denounced by many voices in the Church.

On the other hand, two Chinese bishops, Antonio Yao Shun and Joseph Yang Yongqiang, appointed by Pope Francis under agreements with the Beijing government, are among the 464 confirmed participants in the synod.

The participation of the bishops of the dioceses of Jining and Zhoucun has not yet been announced and it is not yet known whether their participation will be limited to a few days, as was the case during the previous synod with the Chinese representatives.