Cardinal Francis Arinze, the retired prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, took a firm stand against changing Church teaching regarding marriage and the reception of the Eucharist, in an interview with the Crux news site.
Marriage creates an indissoluble bond, the Nigerian cardinal insisted, and “not even the authority of the Church can break it.” He added: “We cannot improve on what Christ has said… We cannot be more merciful than Christ.”
“The Eucharist is not something we possess, and we can give to our friends and those with whom we sympathize,” the cardinal continued.
Cardinal Arinze saw the growing influence of the Church in Africa as a welcome counterweight to the secularizing influence of wealthy countries. He remarked: “The richer countries may have more money, but they shouldn’t turn themselves into professors of moral theology just because other countries are poor.”