It is mentionable that the praise has abounded for the new tone Pope Francis set for the Catholic Church in his extensive interview published last week, but in terms of his actions, it doesn’t look like a lot has changed so far.
In particular attention that , one Australian priest has been both defrocked and excommunicated by the Vatican apparently for his support of LGBT equality and women priests.
While, Father Greg Reynolds was not provided an explanation for being cut out of the Church, but he believes he knows why:
REYNOLDS: In times past excommunication was a huge thing, but today the hierarchy have lost such trust and respect. I have come to this position because I’ve followed my conscience on women’s ordination and gay marriage.
However, Francis has also kept in place Archbishop Gerhard Mueller as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
But in this role, Mueller has both worked against the liberal nuns in the U.S. that advocate for LGBT equality and managed the Church’s damage control over the sexual abuse of children. [ thinkprogress.org ]