For example, some very surprising, but very pragmatic, things lately:
Christoph Schönborn told the far-left British Catholic magazine the Tablet that the Church should also consider allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion since “many people don’t even marry at all any longer.”I sympathize, but I don't think we can do that just by admitting those who civilly divorce and remarry outside the Church as if it isn't objectively adultery anymore; the "living and brother and sister" solution is as far as we can go. Rather, I think a more Orthodox attitude towards annulments needs to be taken as I've said before (and, to be honest, in the US we've largely adopted that), but the principle, as a principle, needs to be maintained. There are very often "pragmatic" subjective "fixes" to many of these "problems," but the thick line between the objective theory and the subjective application always needs to be maintained. The abstract doctrinal principle can never be sacrificed. He's allegedly known to be orthodox, but he seems to be sloppy with that sometimes.
His statements on the "quality" of homosexual relationships are similar in some ways to my pragmatic arguments about fornicators using condoms:
“We should give more consideration to the quality of homosexual relationships. A stable relationship is certainly better than if someone chooses to be promiscuous,”I can't say I agree with his controversial art decisions, nor his endorsement of ideological Zionism, but I like this:
Schönborn’s defiance of ecclesial discipline, however, reached its apogee last June when Pope Benedict called the Austrian bishops to Rome and asked them bluntly to uphold and defend the Catholic faith. At that meeting, he presented Pope Benedict with a petition that he called an “initiative of the lay faithful,” demanding the abolition of compulsory celibacy for priests, the return to ministry of priests who have married, ordination to the diaconate for women, and of married men to the priesthood.
Schönborn told Vatican Radio that day, “Despite the fact that I do not agree with some of the initiative's conclusions, frankly I believe that it is important that people in Rome know what some of our laypeople are thinking."
That is important. I think for LifeSite to call merely bringing a petition to the Pope that he doesn't even totally agree with himself the "apogee of defiance of ecclesial discipline" is ridiculous. It's not like he actually ordained any married men. What he did was well within his rights.
And directly calling out Cardinal Sodano and calling for curial reform...how can I not be inclined to think maybe he is the kind of guy to approach? He seems to be attempting to walk the line, to maintain orthodoxy while supporting institutional reform and developing things with a little dose of realism and pastoral empathy...but he needs to be more careful and precise with how it is accomplished.