Prof Tina Beattie, who recently delivered a lecture in the Archdiocese of Westminster’s Year of Faith series, has attacked Pope Emeritus Benedict and expressed the hope that the new pope will change the Church’s teaching on sexual morality.
Prof Beattie in The Guardian:
Tina Beattie, professor of Catholic studies at Roehampton University, is not surprised by his [Pope Francis] past pronouncements. ”He’s conservative on sexual issues but they all are,” she said. But, she added, Francis’s personal experiences of, and commitment to, the marginalised might yet lead him to confront some of the issues that Benedict XVI was simply unable to grasp. If he is listening to the voices of the poor, he will hear things about women’s lives that the last pope was totally deaf to and unaware of,” she said. “Any pope who listens to the poor and struggling people will hear women’s voices if he really wants to.”
Prof Beattie in The Tablet:
Any theologian today who aspires to work in the Catholic university system must engage in the kind of self-censorship that has already blighted the
hierarchy. No priest or bishop who speaks out in favour of women’s ordination or who appeals for an honest debate about issues of sexuality and procreation is likely to be promoted, which is why the papal candidates all seem so dismally like-minded about such issues.
The restoration of theology’s intellectual credentials must include the contribution of lay theologians and biblical scholars, especially women. The new pope must show that he is willing to engage seriously with women’s theological voices and moral perspectives in a way which is broadly representative of the diverse experiences and aspirations of women, and not just with a few carefully selected theological handmaids.’
Protect the Pope comment: In Prof Tina Beattie’s world Pope Emeritus Benedict’s upholding of the Depositum Fidei against agitation from her and fellow heretics is dismissed as ‘total deafness’ and lack of ‘awareness’. She cannot comprehend the idea that Pope Benedict was totally aware of calls for the ordination of women and demands for the acceptance of abortion, contraception, and homosexuality, and had rejected them as either impossible, evil or harmful to the dignity of human beings. In the heretical lexicon ‘listening to women’ and ‘listening to the people’ means changing the Church’s doctrines to accommodate sin. It is really important that our bishops are aware of the fact that when they use the phrase ‘we must listen to the concerns of people’ the horde of heretics in the Church will take this as meaning they support their calls to abandon the apostolic faith.