Earlier this week we learned of the attempt of the four cardinals to seek clarification from Pope Francis regarding the heretical statements in Amoris Laetitia. The questions were formatted in such a way that they must be answered in the positive or negative - no "in-between". In September they had posed their questions to the pope privately but received no reply.
Yesterday the National Catholic Register published an interview between Edward Pentin and Cardinal Burke regarding these questions. Towards the end, Pentin asked His Eminence about any "next steps", should these publicized questions not be answered. The cardinal spoke of "taking a formal action of correction of a serious error".
That more or less leaves the proberbial ball in the pope's court. Whether or not such a formal action would be deemed necessary is largely up to him. Unfortunately, he has given us an indication of his inclinations. Recall that several months ago, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia issued guidelines that plainly stated that divored/remarried Catholics may not receive Holy Communion unless they live as brother and sister. He was directly contradicted by Cardinal-designate Kevin Farrell. Farrell plainly stated that those de-facto adulterors could receive Holy Communion while continuing in their mortal sin. Now recall that the pope picked Farrell to head the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, as well as naming him a Cardinal. With that in mind, it is reasonable to deduce that with regards to the heresies embodied in Amoralis Lamentia, that Farrell and the pope are of like mind.
Let us pray that the pope will ponder carefully the correction that the four Cardinals are trying to offer him. But let us be prepared for what will likely follow in the wake of continued papal obduracy.
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