Conservative Catholics

The Boston Globe has a piece about how the Catholic Church in the US might be changing with the new Pope. This has become a fairly common article as the new Pope is calling on the Church to concentrate more on helping the poor and it has this now typical note:

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, an influential traditionalist who has been critical of Francis’s lack of outreach to conservatives, surprised observers when he said he would put online a Vatican questionnaire dealing with controversial topics such as gay relationships, remarriage, and contraception.

Would this be one of those groups that Chaput thinks Francis should talk to more?

Ultratraditionalist Catholics have openly challenged Pope Francis by disrupting one of his favorite events, a ceremony that he and Jewish leaders led in the Metropolitan Cathedral each year to promote religious harmony on the anniversary of the beginning of the Holocaust.

The annual ceremony brings together Catholics, Jews, and Protestants to mark Kristallnacht, the Nazi-led mob violence in 1938 when about 1,000 Jewish synagogues were burned and thousands of Jews were forced into concentration camps, launching the genocide that killed 6 million Jews.

A small group disrupted Tuesday night’s ceremony by shouting the rosary and the ‘‘Our Father’’ prayer, and spreading pamphlets saying ‘‘followers of false gods must be kept out of the sacred temple.’’

The Rev. Christian Bouchacourt, the South America leader of the Society of Saint Pius X, said Wednesday that the protesters belong to his organization and that they have a right to feel outraged when rabbis preside over a ceremony in a cathedral. ‘‘I recognize the authority of the pope, but he is not infallible and in this case, does things we cannot accept,’’ Bouchacourt said in an interview with Radio La Red.

Pope Benedict made reconciling with the society a priority, but Pope Francis has made clear he has little interest in courting the traditionalists.

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