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November 28, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Bishop Marian Eleganti, the auxiliary bishop of Chur, Switzerland, has not shied away from defending Church teaching the past several years. In this episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, His Excellency continues his outspoken approach and explains why he raises concerns about Pope Francis.

Before the Synod began, Bishop Eleganti expressed strong support for Cardinal Brandmüller’s critique of the synod’s working document. He said many bishops don’t speak up because they are diplomatic and political. 

However, he said he always speaks his conscience even though “it never happens without pain and prayer.” 

“I don’t like to criticize the pope,” he admits. But “I am not at peace in conscience when I don’t pronounce myself…I feel an obligation in my heart.”

Bishop Eleganti expressed worry that the College of Cardinals don’t really know each other very well because they are from such disparate parts of the world. He said it's “not good” that they don’t come together and dialogue with the Pope in order to help him and give their advice.

In today’s episode, His Excellency stated that the Church can’t “abolish such a long tradition as celibacy” because Christ himself lived in a celibate way. Bishop Eleganti said that married clergy will undermine celibacy and that “in the long term we will not gain anything but we will lose a lot.”

Furthermore, Bishop Eleganti told me the Pachamama ceremony was “idolatry” and a “syncretistic veneration.”

“For me, it’s a no-go.” “Pachamama is a deity…it’ not the Holy Spirit…we need Jesus Christ.”

He also said that we already have a Mother, the Blessed Virgin, and that our “common house” is the Catholic Church, not the earth itself.

Synod proposals of having women play more prominent roles are “little steps” aimed at the promotion of women priests, he said. But, the Holy Spirit has already spoken on this topic, and the Church cannot change its teachings.

Bishop Eleganti closed our discussion by saying he is “very trustful” in “the supernatural nature of the Church” because Christ is “always” alive in the Church. He said he is impressed by lay Catholics who can see things and say things that even Bishops and Cardinals don’t. He advised that Catholics always speak their mind with love and charity and not in an angry way with “hard words.”

“The love has to come through,” he said.

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com. He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.  

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.  

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.

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