Miloslav Cardinal Vlk † Miloslav Cardinal Vlk †
Function:
Former Archbishop of Praha, Czechia
Title:
Cardinal Priest of S Croce in Gerusalemme
Birthdate:
May 17, 1932
Country:
Czechia
Elevated:
Nov 26, 1994
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English Catholics not Wary of Protestant Woman Bishop
Dec 02, 2004
"The cardinal personally has absolutely no problem with it. Even if he wanted to, he does not have the right or the power to intervene with another church."

(January 27, 1999) The Czech branch of the Roman Catholic Church downplayed comments by Cardinal Miloslav Vlk that seemed to indicate he is resisting the election of the first female bishop in Czech history.

Vlk's spokesman Daniel Herman claimed that Vlk had not intended to intervene in the affairs of the Hussite Church. "The cardinal personally has absolutely no problem with it. Even if he wanted to, he does not have the right or the power to intervene with another church."

Herman said that Vlk, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Czech Republic, expressed his concern that Silerova's possible appointment might generally worsen relations among various churches. As an example he mentioned the Eastern Orthodox Church, which has a worldwide history of fierce opposition to women in the clergy.

Describing past relations as good, both churches expressed their hope in maintaining them. According to Herman, Vlk's statement, not made for the public, was intentionally misinterpreted by an as-yet unidentified person present at the meeting of the Ecumenical Council.

"Certain individuals may be troubled by the possibility of a settlement between the churches and the state," he said, referring to the ongoing debate about the restitution of church property. "It was an attempt to create some tension," Herman said. "The cardinal doesn't want any tensions."
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